Planned Parenthood works tirelessly to provide quality health care and education. Those services must be protected and expanded through advocacy. For details about specific issues and policies, please use the links to each issue page.
Planned Parenthood protects and defends women's access to a full range of reproductive health care, including abortion services. Decisions about childbearing should be made by women, their families, and their doctors — not by politicians. In order to make an informed decision, women need access to all reproductive health care options and should have the right to obtain safe, legal abortion services without interference from the government. Learn more.
Planned Parenthood works to protect every woman’s right to make her own decisions about childbearing, and access to services plays a critical part. Even in California, women experience barriers to care when seeking abortion services. Learn more.
Birth Control - Contraception
Access to contraception is critical to public health as part of basic health care. Providing birth control and emergency contraception is 40% of what Planned Parenthood health centers do in California. Contraception prevents unintended pregnancies and enables women to more effectively plan when and if they become pregnant. Learn more.
Emergency contraception (EC) is a safe, proven and effective way to prevent pregnancy after unprotected intercourse. EC contains a large dose of the same hormones found in the birth control pill and can be started up to five days (120 hours) after unprotected intercourse. Learn more.
Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine
Cervical cancer is a significant concern for Californians. Each year about 1,500 women will be diagnosed with cervical cancer and approximately 400 will die according to the California Cancer Registry. This makes California the state with the highest incidence of cervical cancer in the country. The FDA approved the HPV vaccine in 2007 for women 11 to 26. The vaccine protects young women against the types of HPV that cause most cases of cervical cancer and genital warts. Learn more.
Sex trafficking occurs when people are forced or coerced into the commercial sex trade against their will. Child sex trafficking includes any child involved in commercial sex. If you are a victim of human trafficking or you think you have come in contact with a victim of human trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1(888)373-7888. Learn more.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT)
The reproductive health rights movement was founded on the premise that individuals should have the right to make sexual and reproductive decisions themselves, based on the democratic principle of individual liberty. Because of these core beliefs, Planned Parenthood supports public policies that foster a social climate that replaces discrimination with tolerance, reduces legal barriers with legal justice for all, and replaces judgment with acceptance. Learn more.
Roe vs. Wade
On January 22nd, 1973 the U.S Supreme Court decided the case of Roe v. Wade (410 U.S. 113 (1973)), recognizing the inclusion of a woman’s decision to carry out or terminate a pregnancy under the constitutional right to privacy. The court sided with ‘Jane Roe’, an unmarried woman from Texas seeking a safe and legal abortion. Learn more.
Sexual Health Education
Planned Parenthood is working with the federal and state governments to ensure access to real sex education programs. These programs give young people the comprehensive, medically-accurate, unbiased and culturally competent information they need to make responsible decisions and stay healthy. Learn more.
The Supreme Court
The Supreme Court of the United States The U.S. Supreme Court's ground-breaking Roe v. Wade ruling to legalize abortion was decided by a 7-2 vote in January 1973. For the next three decades the court consistently voted to uphold Roe's core values of protecting a woman's health and her right to choose. However, the Supreme Court justices' opinions on the issue now have shifted to a much narrower 5-4 majority. Learn more.
Three times in the past four years California voters have been faced with ballot initiatives to determine whether the state should mandate parental notification prior to a minor terminating a pregnancy. Learn more.