A timeline chronicling the key dates and major developments of the Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin organization since its inception in 1935.
Created by wollemann on Oct 17, 2010
Last updated: 11/19/10 at 02:55 PM
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Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin celebrates 75 years of providing reproductive health and education services. This year also marks the beginning of a new fight for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin against Republican pro-life lawmakers elected into the office, Scott Walker and Ron Johnson.
On the 37th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade court case legalizing abortion, an upgraded Planned Parenthood health center opens on South Park Steet. The new location was a much-needed upgrade and combination of the most outdated health centers in Madison. The new building serves the South community and shares the the building with the Urban League of Greater Madison and a Madison Public Library branch.
University of Wisconsin-Madison campus area Planned Parenthood location on West Mifflin St. closes in preparation of a relocation to South Park St. Planned Parenthood launches marketing campaign to alert Madison area college students of the move.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin launches the Quarterly Contraceptive Kit (QCK) program, delivering no-cost birth control pills and contraceptives to women who qualify for the Family Planning Waiver. The program is well received and appreciated among its 4,000+ users in its first year. Many of these women are students at UW-Madison.
President George W. Bush reinstates the anti-free speech and anti-democratic global gag rule policy, denying funding to international family planning organizations. The ban ultimately caused 430 organizations in 50 countries to stop performing abortions or speaking about abortion laws in order to qualify for U.S. funding. The same year, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin provides health care to over 50,000 patients.
President Bill Clinton is elected into office, the first pro-choice president in 12 years. He is a reproductive health rights advocate, and makes one of his top priorities upon getting elected to repeal the Title X gag rule, which prohibited low-income patients from receiving medical information, counseling, or referrals for abortion services. He also overturned the global gag rule, which denied funding to international family planning organizations.
On the eve of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin's 50th anniversary, the organization's 30th health care clinic opens in the state of Wisconsin.
United States Supreme Court makes landmark decision to legalize abortion during the Roe vs. Wade trial. Four new Planned Parenthood centers open in Wisconsin this year.
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin becomes a statewide affiliate of the national Planned Parenthood organization as 17 clinics open across the state in the 1970s.
The world's first birth control pills, called Envoid-10, are deemed safe and approved for use by the Federal Drug Administration.
The first women's health center opens in Milwaukee under the name, "Maternal Health Center," later known as Planned Parenthood