The first birth control facility in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Mothers' Clinic, was opened in 1925 by Dr. Henry Frainerd, who envisioned a health center that would promote and provide birth control materials to women. In 1927, Mother's Clinic came under the direction of the County Health Office, and in 1939, it was deleted from the county health budget. This became the impetus for Planned Parenthood Los Angeles. Volunteers organized to establish Planned Parenthood as a non-profit and dispensed birth control and information from their homes.
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles health centers were in the homes of volunteers until 1960, when the county again assumed partial responsibility for family planning programs.
The organization known today as Planned Parenthood Los Angeles was founded in April of 1965 to meet the growing need for reproductive health care in Los Angeles County.
In 1965, oral contraceptives were new and the first IUD was just released for general use. Abortion was illegal in California, as in the majority of states, and a minor could not receive contraceptive services without parental consent. The tools and resources needed to provide family planning services were limited and the need for them in Los Angeles continued to grow.
Today, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles offers the full range of reproductive health care services to women, men and teens throughout Los Angeles County. The county's largest provider of reproductive health care, Planned Parenthood Los Angeles operates 16 health centers and two Planned Parenthood Basics.
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles is the largest provider of reproductive health care services in Los Angeles County. We provide health services to nearly 120,000 women, men and teens in Los Angeles County each year, 93% of whom come to us for family planning services, and 72% of whom are at or below the federal poverty level. Planned Parenthood Los Angeles' health care professionals create a non-judgmental, relaxed environment for our clients. All of our services are safe and convenient with sixteen health center locations and two Planned Parenthood Basics throughout LA County.
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles's education and outreach programs deliver sexuality and family planning education to more than 70,000 teens, women and men each year. Our outreach programs include middle and high school responsible sexuality courses, parent-child communication programs, Promotoras Comunitarias (Latina community health educators), and teen education programs, like Teen Success. Presentations are tailored to the need of each audience, with subjects ranging from puberty to mid-life issues and abstinence to contraception.
Planned Parenthood Los Angeles works to involve people and impact decision-makers in the fight to secure and protect access to a full range of quality reproductive health care services. We work at the local, state and federal level to advocate for medically accurate sexuality education, contraceptive equity, patient safety, abortion rights, and affordable access to reproductive health care for all people.
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