top of page
Where we're
coming from:

The origins of Planned Parenthood dates to October 16,

1916, when Margaret Sanger, her sister Ethel Byrne,

and Fania Mindell opened the first birth control clinic 

in the U.S. They distributed birth control, birth control

advice, and birth control information. All three women

were arrested and jailed for violating provisions of the
Comstock Act, accused of distributing obscene

materials at the clinic. 

“Planned Parenthood was founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams—no ceilings, no limits.”

First clinic opens
in New York.

The first urban birth control center is opened in Harlem
in response to black women being denied care.

Planned Parenthood 
launches national sex education program.

Planned Parenthood global
is launched, focusing on innovation and sustainability.

bottom of page