For more than 50 years, Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon has been an integral member of the many communities in our eight-county region. Here are some of the historical highlights:
Planned Parenthood Association of Jackson County
1965: A group of local citizens, concerned about a lack of family planning in Jackson County, got together to seek an associate membership in Planned Parenthood/World Population Federation with a goal of providing community education on family planning.
1967: Planned Parenthood Association of Jackson County (PPJC) was officially incorporated by the state, and formally became an affiliate of Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1969.
1984: PPJC changed its name to Planned Parenthood of Southern Oregon.
1993: Planned Parenthood of Southern Oregon merged with Planned Parenthood of Lane County to form Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon.
Planned Parenthood of Lane County
1966: Like the Planned Parenthood efforts in Jackson and Josephine counties, the Lane County branch started out in Eugene as a grass-roots attempt to respond to community concern about a scarcity of sexual education, a general worry about rapid population growth, and a big interest in having more forms of birth control available.
1968: Planned Parenthood of Lane County began as an all-volunteer organization providing education, information, and referral services. From its inception, the organization was a key force in the community. In cooperation with the Lane County Medical Society and Lane County Health Department, Planned Parenthood started providing medical services. Forty-two physicians volunteered to provide free physical exams which included a pap smear processed for free at a local pathology lab for low-income women.
1977: The agency launched a high-profile campaign to combat the growing number of teen pregnancies and abortions and to make contraception more widely available.
1978: Planned Parenthood of Lane County reached a milestone, receiving funding for the first time from the United Way of Lane County.
1993: Planned Parenthood of Lane County merged with Planned Parenthood of Southern Oregon to become what's known today as Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon.