Many people believe that Planned Parenthood is just a clinic for abortions, but in reality it serves a much greater purpose. For nearly 100 years, Planned Parenthood has worked to improve women’s health and safety and to advance the right and ability of individuals to manage his or her fertility regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or age. They provide several safe contraception methods, reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections through testing and treatment, and screen for cervical and other cancers. Planned Parenthood has more than 7 million activists, supporters and donors working for women’s health and safety and fundamental reproductive rights. Their services help prevent more than 684,000 unintended pregnancies each year. Planned Parenthood was founded in 1916 by Margaret Sanger originally as a clinic for poor, immigrant women to obtain contraceptive advice. Then, in 1923, Sanger began her research on contraception and incorporated the American Birth Control League that later merged to become Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. In these early years of PPFA, contraception and information about family planning was illegal, but in 1936, Sanger won the liberalization of the laws that kept women from learning about preventing pregnancy. Later in the 1960’s, Planned Parenthood became a respected and powerful voice in the movement for women’s rights, increased access to birth control, and the development of the pill and IUD. In May of 1966, the FDA approves that sale of oral pills. Now for many years, Planned Parenthood had fought against laws that would prevent low-income patients from receiving medical information, counseling, or referrals for abortion services and had several million dollars of their funding for birth control, maternal care and HIV/AIDS prevention cut. After decades of fighting, in 2006, Cecile Richards takes the position as President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America...
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