Planned Parenthood is an organization committed to providing access to sexual and reproductive health education and services throughout the world. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), often referred to simply as Planned Parenthood, began with the work of American birth-control advocate Margaret Sanger, who opened the first birth-control clinic in New York in 1916 and founded the American Birth Control League in 1921. Sanger was committed to making contraceptive information and devices available to women and also helped secure funding for new research that led to the development of oral contraceptives (or “the Pill”) in the early 1960s. Although Planned Parenthood thus traces its own history back to the early 20th century, Sanger's activist and research organizations merged to officially operate under the name ...

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