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Planned Parenthood

  • By: Marcella Bush Trevino
  • In: Encyclopedia of Motherhood
  • Edited by: Andrea O'Reilly
  • Subject:Sociology of Gender, Parenting, Maternal Health

Planned Parenthood is one of the world's leading providers of sex education, family planning information, and reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood advocates for pro-choice public policies, and politically opposes policies counter to those goals through lobbying, grassroots campaigns, educational programs, and legal action. Their political involvement has included the drive for contraceptive access, comprehensive sex education, and legal abortions. The International Planned Parenthood Federation, based in London, consists of member groups such as the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. These member groups consist of local affiliates that operate health centers, among other services such as abortion. Planned Parenthood also supports independent advocacy and research organizations such as the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and the Guttmacher Institute. International goals in developing countries include the prevention of ...

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