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Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.(PPFA) (1942): This organization has a long illustrious history. Prior to 1942, it was known as the Birth Control Federation of America (1939). In 1939, the Birth Control Federation of America was created through the merger of the American Birth Control League (1921) and Birth Control Clinical Research Bureau (1923). These two organizations were the first reproductive rights organizations created in the US. They were created by Margaret Sanger to provide and research birth control and abortion methods. Planned Parenthood still does this today with hundreds of affiliates throughout the US. According to their web site, "Planned Parenthood affiliates operate nearly 850 health centers in 49 states and the District of Columbia, serving nearly five million women, men, and teenagers each year."

International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) (1952): This organization was created at the instigation of Margaret Sanger to link family planning organization across the globe. Its founding members were PPFA, and family planning organizations from Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, and West Germany. It is currently the largest organization concerned with reproductive and sexual health and family planning.

National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL): a political advocacy group to represent the pro-choice political constituency. It was founded originally as National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws but became NARAL in 1969.

National Organization for Women (NOW) (1966): This is a women's rights organization they work through political activism to secure all women's rights including reproductive rights.

The Alan Guttmacher Institute (1968): an independent research foundation that is involved in sexual and reproductive health research, policy analysis and public education. It was founded originally as the Center for Family Planning Program Development (research, policy analysis and public education branch of PPFA) but became an independent organization in 1968.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (1963): an organization created by the US government to support research in contraceptives and reproductive science.

Center for Population Research (1970): A division of NICHD created by Title X of the Public Health Services Act. Its goal is to financially aide family planning services, education and medical research.

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the U.S. (1964): non-profit organization to develop, collect, and disseminate information, and to promote comprehensive, medically accurate sexuality education

United Nations Fund for the Population Activities (1967): A branch of the UN created after the United Declaration on Population states that family planning is a basic human right

– Family Planning International Assistanceâ (FPIA) (1971): An international family planning organization for men and women in developing countries founded by PPFA and funded largely by the U.S. Agency for International Development. It quickly becomes the largest nongovernmental provider of these services.

National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) (1971): non-profit umbrella organization for family planning organizations.

Planned Parenthood Action Fund (1989): Its goal is to increase lobbying efforts for the preservation of reproductive rights.

– Pro-Choice Religious Network (1994): This is a coalition of pro-choice religious leaders whose goal is to educate the public on spiritual, ethical, and medical aspects of reproductive rights.

Responsible Choices® Action Agenda/ Network (1998): A organization with the mission of increasing and securing reproductive rights in the 21st century.

Planned Parenthood Global Partners (1998): The mission of this organization is to increase government involvement in international family planning and to increase cooperation between Planned Parenthood and family planning groups in developing countries.

teenwire®.com (1999): This is a confidential web site with information on sex, relationships, and lifestyles for teens.

Fair Access to Contraception Project (2001): This project’s goal is to expand access to contraceptive through methods like legal proceedings, legislation and educating women on how to get employers to provide contraceptive coverage with web sites like

National Abortion Federation (NAF): NAF is a professional organization of abortion providers from across the US and Canada.

Pro-Choice Public Education Project: This is a project developed by multiple pro-choice organizations for the purpose of educated and training young women on reproductive issues.

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National Right to Life Committee (1973): An organization founded by the US Catholic Conference’s Family of Life Division and run by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Its purpose is to overturn US Supreme Court decisions permitting abortion and “restore legal protection to innocent human life.” It also works to prohibit federally funded family planning services. Today it is the nation’s largest pro-life lobby.

– NRLC Pro-Life Legal Action Project (1977): This program is to provide and fund pro-life legislation in the courts.

– National Right to Life PAC (1979): This is the NRLC's political action committee.

National Teens for Life (1985)

– Operation Rescue (1987): Pro-life organization that organizes thousands of members to protest the activities of abortion and family planning clinics and workers. Their tactics at clinics involved surrounding them, “sidewalk counseling” and preventing or frightening clients from entering and protests around the provider’s homes in order to inform their neighbors of the clinic employees’ activities. Activities at clinics. In response to their activities, thousands of pro-choice men and women volunteer to be patient escorts to help client through Operation Rescue picket lines to the clinic with the least interference from protestors. Many of the members of Operation Rescue have been arrested for trespassing and harassment as a result of their protesting activities. While the Operation Rescue of California went bankrupt after losing a lawsuit challenging its tactics in 1994, the operation continues today in autonomous branches throughout the country. Many of its former tactics are outlawed by the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act of 1994. After the FACE Act, a small number of activists splintered off and engage in violence against clinics and their employees. Some of the many Operation Rescue branch web sites: Operation Rescue West, Operation Rescue Boston, Operation Rescue Colorado

National College Students for Life (1995)

Pro-Life Campaign Committee (2000): This is a pro-life PAC that works to educate about and expand pro-life values across all faith groups in order to end abortion. It expands on the activities of the Institute for Religious Values.

Pro-Life Action: A project developed by the Pro-Life Campaign Committee to mobilize America for pro-life goals.

Abortion This web site was created to provide information on numerous reproductive rights issues, like abortion, contraceptives and the purported link between abortions and breast cancer.

Life News: This is an independent news agency that reports on pro-life issues.

Crossing Over Ministry: The ministry and web site run by Ms. Norma McCorvey also known as Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade. or : a list of numerous pro-life organizations and web sites.

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