The WomanCare Clinics & Planned Parenthood Collection contains 9 boxes of material related to anti-abortion and pro-choice activist efforts from 1986 to 1997.

This collection primarily documents pickets, rallies, and demonstrations near Sixth Avenue Medical Center/Clinic, Balboa Park, and 5th Avenue Building. The majority of the collection consists of photos, but also includes other various materials (film roll negatives, slides, abortion related pamphlets, feminist reading lists, scrapbooks with photos and newspaper clippings, and documents with legal and security information). These resources are important records that portray the development of the feminist health movement in California from the 1970s to the late 1990s.

After the landmark Roe v. Wade case legalized abortion, Planned Parenthood was one of the key organizations that paved the landscape for the reproductive justice movement during the 1970s and 1980s. Established in 1916, Planned Parenthood was founded to provide women with access to safe health centers and family planning support systems. As more regulations regarding abortion legislation emerged, womancare and feminist health centers faced backlash from anti-choice organizations. Religious and conservative groups attacked womancare clinics and frequently organized demonstrations, rallies, and bombings. Most notably, Planned Parenthood provided women with safe birth control, sex education, and healthcare services.

Moreover, Planned Parenthood, pro-choice groups, and Feminist Women’s Health Centers formed much of the foundation for the pro-choice reproductive justice movement during the 1970s. Abortions could be performed outside hospitals as more outpatient facilities expanded throughout the U.S.

In San Diego, both Planned Parenthood and womancare clinic facilities located in the San Diego and Riverside Counties became major sites for protests, pickets, and demonstrations. In response to the Roe v. Wade decision, both pro-choice and anti-choice organizations fought back against the political reproductive rights debate during 1970s and 1980s. Throughout this period, protesters became frequent sights outside outpatient abortion clinics and womancare facilities. Pro-choice collectives such as the Coalition for Reproductive Choice in San Diego and feminist rights groups including the National Organization for Women (NOW) ran “picket pledge” campaigns. Volunteers would often act as escorts for potential clients trying to enter womancare facilities.