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Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes (PPSFL) was created by the merger of two affiliates in 2004. Both Planned Parenthood of Tompkins County and Planned Parenthood of the Southern Tier were founded in 1968 to ensure access to safe reproductive and sexual health for all. Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood and the birth control movement, envisioned a world in which every child would be a wanted child. With roots in the Southern Tier, Margaret Sanger laid the building blocks on which PPSFL now stands. 

  • 2003 - Planned Parenthood of the Southern Tier and Planned Parenthood of Tompkins County make the decision to merge, uniting for choice!
  • 2004 - Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes is legally ONE! Patient numbers grow throughout our four county region.

Planned Parenthood of Tompkins County 

  • 1970 - PPTC is invited to open a clinic at SAGE House to serve Cornell University.
  • 1974 - PPTC's first Education Director is hired.
  • 1979 - Donors support PPTC's capital campaign, making the move to 314 W. State Street possible.
  • 1981 - PPTC institutes its Public Affairs program to mobilize action for choice.
  • 1983 - PPTC holds its first luncheon with pro-choice religious leaders, a practice that continues 22 years and counting.
  • 1984 - With spectacular community support, PPTC's fight to offer abortion services is successful.
  • 1992 - PPTC becomes the first Planned Parenthood affiliate to deliver babies. However, the OB/GYN venture is not financially feasible and closes in 1994.
  • 1999 - The Campaign for Sexual Literacy is launched by the Education and Training Department.
  • 2002 - Through Planned Parenthood Global Partners, PPTC is matched with our sister affiliate in Africa, Namibia Planned Parenthood Association.

Planned Parenthood of the Southern Tier 

  • 1970 - Churches donate space so that Planned Parenthood can offer services to the Hornell community.
  • 1972 - Patient numbers jump from 103 in 1969 to 2,345 in 1972. Planned Parenthood of Chemung County - Corning, Inc. changes its name to Planned Parenthood of the Southern Tier, Inc.
  • 1973 - Five clinic sites are operating. Centers in Elmira and Corning are open full time, and the remainder are mobile units traveling to rural areas.
  • 1985 - PPST starts a pre-natal program, successfully serving women for several years.
  • 1986 - PPST opens the current Hornell office.
  • 1988 - PPST starts confidential HIV testing.
  • 1991 - With generous support from donors, PPST opens its Margaret Sanger-Katherine Houghton Hepburn Clinic in Corning.
  • 1996 - PPST begins offering services as Rape Crisis of the Southern Tier. In the same year, PPST becomes the lead agency for the Community Based Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program of Chemung County.
  • 1999 - PPST's current Elmira center opens.