Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma
What does it take to make the best in reproductive health services accessible to all Oklahomans?
It takes the commitment of top-notch medical staff. It takes accurate, comprehensive sex education and materials. It takes the courage to advocate for continued and expanded protection of our freedoms. It takes a safe and welcoming environment in our medical centers, so that our patients understand that they have come to the right place to get their health needs met.
Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma celebrating 70 years of exceptional services, fearless advocacy and honest education!
Our Missions and Beliefs
Planned Parenthood of central Oklahoma (PPCO) believes in the fundamental right of each individual throughout the world to manage his or her fertility, regardless of the individual’s income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or residence.
- We believe that respect and value for diversity in all aspects of our organization are essential to our well-being.
- We believe that reproductive self-determination must be voluntary and preserve the individual’s right to privacy.
- We further believe that such self-determination will contribute to an enhancement of the quality of life, strong family relationships, and population stability.
Based on these beliefs, and reflecting the diverse communities within which we operate, the mission of Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma (PPCO) is:
- to provide comprehensive reproductive and complementary health care services in settings which preserve and protect the essential privacy and rights of each individual;
- to advocate public policies which guarantee these rights and ensure access to such services;
- to provide educational programs which enhance understanding of individual and societal implications of human sexuality;
- to promote research and the advancement of technology in reproductive health care and encourage understanding of their inherent bioethical, behavioral, and social implications.
Check out our 75th Anniversary video here!
Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma celebrates 75 years and counting!
Were here when you need us.
For 75 years, Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma has worked to make sure all people have the information and means to decide freely and responsibly whether and when to have children.
Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma works to prevent unintended pregnancies and reduce the need for abortion. Decisions about child bearing should be made by a woman, in consultation with her family, her doctor, and her conscience, not the government or politicians.
Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma gives women, men and families information and counseling to make reproductive choices. Family planning enables responsible decision-making and creates health families.
Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma believes emergency is the best way to prevent unintended pregnancy in cases of rape, incest, or contraceptive failure. All women should have access to emergency contraception.
Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma believes contraceptive equity provides women with critical access to birth control they might not otherwise be able to afford. Contraception prevents unintended pregnancies and reduces the need for abortion.
Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma believes sex education programs should teach medically-accurate, age-appropriate information. Only medically-accurate sex education allows for responsible decision-making and disease prevention.
Our Past, Present and Future
In mid 1930s, a handful of Oklahoma City’s civic leaders (including Edith Gaylord Harper) dared to imagine a world where every child is a wanted child and every parent a caring parent. Together, they had a vision of what women’s health care could – and should – be like in this community. On June 11, 1937, their vision became a reality when Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma (PPCO), first named the Maternal Health Center of Oklahoma City, officially opened its doors in downtown Oklahoma City. By the close of the first day of business, three women had been seen in the clinic for family planning services, and at the end of its second year of operation, 985 women were patients.
Today, more than 8,400 men and women depend on Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma annually for high-quality, low-cost reproductive health services. In 2005, an additional 8,325 men, women, and teenagers participated in 112 educational programs and professional workshops conducted by Planned Parenthood, as well as 28 outreach events in which PPCO was represented.
Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma is one of 122 affiliates nationwide of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America®, which together provide family planning, reproductive health care and other services to over 2.3 million Americans. Your local Planned Parenthood is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business and civic leaders from communities across central and western Oklahoma. Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma receives no Federal funding. Patient fees, private contributions and sales of educational materials provide the majority of its $1.6 million operating budget.