Family Planning Advocates of New York State was established in the 1970s by the affiliates of Planned Parenthood of New York State in an effort to expand the capacity of its organization to affect public policy through lobbying and education. Planned Parenthood affiliates had previously been involved in an organization of family planning activists, the New York State Coalition for Family Planning, organized in 1972. This coalition worked with the administrative branch of state government, but was financially unable to lobby the legislature. In January 1976, the Planned Parenthood affiliates, in conjunction with the New York State Coalition for Family Planning, opened a Family Planning Public Affairs Office. The purpose of this office was to educate lawmakers and the community to the needs and services of family planning providers in New York State; act as a resource to the legislature; and gather and disseminate information to family planning providers and public policy makers.
In November of 1976 it was decided that in order to make the impact that was thought possible, a greater infusion of money and a stronger commitment to staff would have to be made to the Family Planning Office by its supporters. At the same time it was becoming clear that the Coalition for Family Planning was not able to continue operating with its existing sources of funding. A Transition Committee, comprised of members from Planned Parenthood affiliates and the Board of the Coalition, was appointed in January 1977 to develop a plan to incorporate the functions of the Coalition and the Family Planning Office. The stated purpose of the organization was to represent to the New York State government the views of Planned Parenthood affiliates, other related organizations, and family planning consumers. This would be done by: developing a statewide family planning public policy program; providing statewide public policy leadership; informing members of the legislature and agencies of state government about family planning objectives as related to public policy; informing family planning agencies, other interested groups, organizations, and individuals concerning state legislative proposals and actions; educating the public regarding responsible reproductive activity; and by coordinating litigation when indicated.
On April 19, 1977, delegates from Planned Parenthood Affiliates, other organizations and individuals met. They agreed to incorporate Family Planning Advocates of New York State as a 501 (c) (4) organization. A slate of officers was elected; members of the Executive Committee were appointed; and by-laws were drafted. A full-time Executive Director, Shirley Gordon, was appointed. A more secure funding base was established with the Planned Parenthood Affiliates committing themselves to assuming the major cost of operation.
The by-laws of Family Planning Advocates designate all affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc. as sustaining members, and designate all other organizations and individuals supporting progressive family planning as non-sustaining members. The by-laws also define the members of the board of directors by duties and powers. The Planned Parenthood affiliates are each represented by one Board member, the sponsoring organization members are as a group represented by 5 board members, and the individual members are as a group represented by 5 board members. The board meets in the fall of each year to elect officers, approve the annual budget of the corporation, and to delegate the duties and authority to individual officers and committees. Directors of the board do not receive any stated compensation but may receive reimbursement for expenses in attending the annual meeting.
Officers of Family Planning Advocates consist of a president, two vice-presidents, a secretary, a treasurer, "and such additional officers as the Board of Directors may from time to time elect". From the slates provided by the Nominating Committee, the officers are elected at the annual board meeting for a one year term. The president functions as chief executive officer.
There are four major committees of Family Planning Advocates of New York State. The Executive Committee is composed of the Officers of the Corporation and six additional members, which meets "not less frequently than once every 2 months". Standing Committees consist of three or more members appointed by the Board of Directors with a chair appointed by the president. The Budget and Finance Committee is chaired by the Treasurer and members are selected by the Treasurer. The Nominating Committee, comprised of 5 members, "at least 3 of whom shall be former members or members of the Board of Directors", prepare slates of nominees for the Board of Directors, the officers, the Executive Committee, and the Nominating Committee.
The records of Family Planning Advocates of New York State include administrative history, by-laws, meeting minutes, personnel policies, correspondence (including press releases), newsletters, issues files, publications, and reports documenting the inner workings and the issues addressed by the organization.
The largest section of the records is the Correspondence series. This series traces the political realm that Family Planning Advocates worked within and has influence over. Most of the correspondence also includes attached material such as research papers, positional statements, survey results and interpretations, news clippings, and copies of published articles relating to the organization and its interests.
Collection is divided into 5 topic series.
Related collections in the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives include the records of the National Organization for Women-New York State (APAP-029) as well as other collections in the subject guide for Women.
All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Shirley Gordon, Director of the Family Planning Advocates of New York State in March 1990, by Family Planning Advocates in August 2004, and by Family Planning Advocates in August 2006.
Processed by: Rita Mignacca (May 1998). Revised by Kevin Glick (June 1999). 2004 Accession Inventoried by Tajon Rice (February 2006). 2006 Accession Inventoried by Tajon Rice (October 2006) in 1998.
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Identification of specific item, series, box, folder, Family Planning Advocates of New York State Records, 1976-2004. M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York (hereafter referred to as [shortened name]).
|1||1||Action Impact: A Manual For Family Planning Advocates||1988|
|1||3||Family Planning Services||1976, Undated|
|1||4||Family Planning Advocates Policies||1977-1984|
|1||5||History of Family Planning Advocates of New York State||1987|
|1||6||Legislative Conference Agendas||1987-1990|
|1||13||Proposal for Albany, New York Office of Family Planning Advocates||1977|
|1||14||Summary of Laws and Regulations||1990|
|9||4||Annual Meeting, Board Reports, Slides||1997|
|9||5||Board Manual, 25th Anniversary Committee||2000|
|9||9||Legislative Conference Programs||1990-2000|
|9||19||New Voices, Mission Statement||Undated|
|9||20||New Voices, Returned Surveys||1998|
|9||21||New Voices, Wheel Of Life Instructions||1997|
|1||21||Correspondence||1984 January-1984 June|
|1||22||Correspondence||1984 July-1984 December|
|1||23||Correspondence||1985 January-1985 June|
|1||24||Correspondence||1985 July-1985 December|
|1||25||Correspondence||1986 January-1986 May|
|1||26||Correspondence||1986 June-1986 December|
|1||27||Correspondence||1987 January-1987 May|
|1||28||Correspondence||1987 June-1987 September|
|1||29||Correspondence||1987 October-1987 December|
|1||30||Correspondence||1988 January-1988 March|
|2||1||Correspondence||1988 April-1988 August|
|2||2||Correspondence||1988 September-1988 October|
|2||3||Correspondence||1988 November-1988 December|
|4||1||Correspondence||1990 January-1990 March|
|4||2||Correspondence||1990 April-1990 June|
|4||3||Correspondence||1990 July-1990 September|
|4||4||Correspondence||1990 October-1990 December|
|4||5||Correspondence||1991 January-1991 March|
|4||6||Correspondence||1990 April-1990 June|
|4||7||Correspondence||1991 July-1991 September|
|4||8||Correspondence||1991 October-1991 December|
|4||9||Correspondence||1992 January-1992 March|
|4||10||Correspondence||1992 April-1992 June|
|4||11||Correspondence||1992 July-1992 September|
|4||12||Correspondence||1992 October-1992 November|
|5||1||Correspondence||1993 January-1993 March|
|5||2||Correspondence||1993 April-1993 May|
|5||3||Correspondence||1993 June-1993 August|
|5||4||Correspondence||1993 September-1993 October|
|5||5||Correspondence||1993 November-1993 December|
|5||6||Correspondence||1994 January-1994 February|
|5||7||Correspondence||1994 March-1994 April|
|5||8||Correspondence||1994 May-1994 June|
|5||9||Correspondence||1994 July-1994 August|
|5||10||Correspondence||1994 September-1994 October|
|5||11||Correspondence||1994 November-1994 December|
|5||12||Correspondence||1995 January-1995 February|
|6||7||Correspondence||1995 November-1995 December|
|6||8||Correspondence||1996 January-1996 February|
|6||9||Correspondence||1996 March-1996 April|
|6||11||Correspondence||1996 June-1996 July|
|6||12||Correspondence||1996 August-1996 September|
|7||1||Correspondence||1996 March-1996 June|
|7||2||Correspondence||1996 September-1996 December|
|7||3||Correspondence||1997 January-1997 February|
|7||11||Correspondence||1997 August-1997 September|
|7||13||Correspondence||1997 November-1997 December|
|7||14||Correspondence||1998 January-1998 February|
|8||1||Correspondence||1998 October-1998 November|
|8||2||Correspondence||1999 January-1999 July|
|8||3||Correspondence||1999 August-1999 December|
|2||8||Abortion||1978, Undated, 1990|
|2||10||Infant Death RateWall Street Journal||1985 July 23|
|2||11||New York's Key System for Preventative Care||1984|
|2||13||Preventing Unintended Pregnancy||1985|
|2||14||Reproductive Health Cartoons||1987|
|3||1||Syphilis, Sexually Transmitted Diseases||1990|
|11||1||American Cartoonist Comment on Reproductive Health Issues||1987-2000|
|11||2||Religious Health Restrictions||2004|
|11||3||Sex Ed Wheel Of Fortune||Undated|
|3||3||The Impact of the Hyde Amendment on Medically Necessary Abortions||1978|
|3||4||Task Force on Medicaid Rates for Family Planning Services: Establishment of a System for Financing Treatment or Diagnostic Center Services||1978|
|3||6||Benefits and Costs of the Family Planning Program||1981|
|3||7||Long Term Trends in Public Assistance Recipients: Aid to Families with Dependent Children, New York City||1981|
|3||8||Costs and Benefits of Title XX: Family Planning Services in Texas||1982|
|3||9||Benefits and Costs of Family Planning-An Update Report||1983|
|3||10||Making Choices: Evaluating the Health Risks and Benefits of Birth Control Methods||1983|
|3||12||Family Planning as a Cost Containment Initiative: Report of the Director's Special Task Force||1984|
|3||13||Governor's Task Force on Adolescent Pregnancy, I||1985|
|3||14||Governor's Task Force on Adolescent Pregnancy, II||1986|
|3||15||Report of Public Child Fatality Review Committee||1986|
|3||16||Black Health Issues||1987|
|3||17||Governor's Task Force on Adolescent Pregnancy, III||1987|
|3||18||The U.S. International Family Planning Program: Under Siege||1987|
|3||19||Healthy Children: Investing in the Future||1988|
|3||20||Women at Risk: The Need for Family Planning Services, State and County Estimates||1987 (1988)|
|3||21||When the Conventional Wisdom is Wrong: A Reexamination of the Role of Abortion As an Issue in Federal Elections, 1974-86||1988|
|3||22||New York's Children in 1989: Society at Risk, A Report of New York State Project 2000||1989|
|3||23||Reproductive Health Initiative for FY 1990-91: A Proposal to Promote Early Intervention for Adolescents and Low Income Women||1989|
|3||24||Teenage Pregnancy and Too-Early Childbearing: Public Costs, Personal Consequences||1990|
|3||25||The Facts Speak Louder: Planned Parenthood's Critique of 'The Silent Scream'||Undated|
|12||1||Fact Sheets||ca. 1995-2000|
|12||2||Reproductive Health Laws and Regulations||2000|