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Planned Parenthood records

Identifier: NA-303

Scope and Contents

This collection contains information on the New Orleans chapter of Planned Parenthood after the Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. Wade, when the organization began to emphasize the importance of reproductive rights. There are pamphlets and magazine publications that have to do with the right to choose. The collection also contains information on various court cases and legislation debated and passed having to do with issues such as reproductive rights, family planning, and sex education. In addition to the publications and articles relating to Planned Parenthood, there are also those which Planned Parenthood itself has released, such as its monthly newsletter and annual reports. The topics focused on within this collection are reproductive rights (the right to choose), family planning, AIDS and HIV, sex education, and race and culture effects. These topics are discussed on both a national level by the Planned Parenthood Federation of America as well as on a state and city level for Louisiana and specifically New Orleans.


  • Creation: 1973 - 1992


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Biographical / Historical

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America is a non-profit that has provided health services in the United States since 1942. With a focus on reproductive and maternal health, it serves an important role for low-income women, though it serves all. In addition to providing complementary health services, Planned Parenthood aims to advocate public policy as welll to educate society. They offer services ranging from free STD testing to cancer screening to routine healthcare to over 3 million Americans. After the Supreme Court's ruling on Roe v. Wade in 1973, Planned Parenthood began to focus its advocating on the right to choose platform as well as developing programs and resources for information on safe sex education and family planning in the case of an unwanted pregnancy. According to statistics, abortions only account for about 3% of Planned Parenthood's services, while their cancer screenings and counseling make up a large amount of their services. Planned Parenthood plays an important role, especially to low-income families, as PPFA's clients are overwhelmingly at or below the poverty level. It is the largest provider of reproductive health services and is well known for catering to the poor and minoritites.


7 Linear Feet (7 banker's boxes)

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Hallie Yee
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Repository Details

Part of the Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Collection Repository

Newcomb Institute
43 Newcomb Place
Suite 341
New Orleans LA 70118 USA US