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1839 Goodyear begins to mass produce condoms made out of vulcanized rubber.
1873 Comstock law banned dissemination of birth control information and devices.
1917 Margaret Sanger opened first birth control clinic.
1925 Diaphragms are manufactured in the US.
1936 The ban on mailing contraceptives and advertisements intended for the prevention of diseases was lifted.
1937 The American MEdical Association officially recognizes birth control as an integral part of medical practice and education.
1960 The FDA approves oral contraceptives and the IUD for use in the US.
1961 President Kennedy defines population growth as a "staggering problem" and formally endorses research aimed at making more contraceptive methods available worldwide.
1965 The Office of Economic Opportunity funds the first federal family planning grants as part of the War on Poverty initiative; the Supreme Court strikes down a state law that prohibits the used of contraceptives by married couples.
1966 As part of the War on Poverty, President Johnson names family planning one of four critical health problems in the nation needing special attention. Reverend Martin Luther King advocated to family planning services for all Americans regardless of income or race.
1967 Congress enacted legislation requiring states to provide family planning services to public health clinics and women on welfare.
1969 President Nixon calls for increased federal support for domestic family planning services and appoints the Commission on Population Growth and the American Future to report on US population issues.
1970 Title X of the Public Health Service Act is enacted under the Mixon administration.
1972 "Baird vs. Eisenstadt" grants contraceptive rights to unmarried people. Medicaid is amended to require coverage for family planning services.
1973 The Supreme Court strikes down state laws that prohibit abortion and upholds a woman's right to choose abortion.
1974 Central Nebraska Family Planning Established.
1978 Congress amends the Title X statute to emphasize the importance of serving teenagers.
1980 The Carter administration issues regulations established the sliding fee scale for Title X services.
1981 The first case of AIDS is reported.
1982 The Reagan administration issues the "squeal rule," and regulations requiring Title X supported clinics to notify parents before dispensing contraceptives to minors; Title X funding is cut by one-quarter.
1983 The "squeal rule" is struck down in several court cases. US family planning services serve 5 million people.
1984 HIV is determined to cause AIDS.
1987 The Reagan administration proposes that "gag rule" regulations prohibiting Title X supported clinics from discussing abortion with women facing unintended pregnancies and requiring clinics to maintain a "wall of separation" between planning and abortion services.
1988 FDA approves first cervical cap for use in the US.
1990 Norplant, the first implanted contraceptive introduced.
1991 The Supreme Court finds the "gag rule" Constitutional (Rust v. Sullivan)
1992 The FDA approves the contraceptive injectable for use in the US Depo-Provera.
1993 President Clinton suspends the "gag rule" during his initial days in office; the FDA approves the female condom for use in the US.
1994 Women's Health Services of Central Nebraska formerly Central Nebraska Family Planning.
1997 For the first time, the FDA approves a product marketed as an emergency contraceptive, Preven.
1998 Maryland becomes the first state to mandate comprehensive contraceptive coverage in private insurance plans; Congress requires insurance coverage of contraceptives for federal employees.
1999 The Center for Disease Control and Prevention cites family planning as one of the top public health achievements of the century.
2000 Lunelle approved.
2001 Mirena IUD available.
2002 Ortho Evra available; NuvaRing will be available later this year.
2002 Male Contraceptives and microbicides in development.
2004 Central Health Center, formerly Women's Health Services of Central Nebraska.
2005 Government review of Title X confirms program serves unique and valuable purpose, is cost-effective, and effectively managed.
2006 Plan B became available without prescription. Implanon approved
2007 Gardasil approved. Lybrel approved.

CHC Kearney moved to new location.

2010 CHC opened 2nd site in Grand Island. Study conducted over 40 years found women on the Pill live longer. Cycle Beads become available.



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