Morrison Bridge goes pink for Planned Parenthood

Margaret Sanger first opened her birth control clinic in 1916

The Morrison Bridge will light up pink on October 16 in honor of Planned Parenthood's 100th anniversary. (Planned Parenthood)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — In honor of Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary, the Morrison Bridge will be turning pink.

Margaret Sanger opened the first Planned Parenthood clinic in Brooklyn, New York in 1916 and for the past 100 years, the organization has worked to provide women’s healthcare and empowerment to millions.

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To honor the centennial, the Morrison Bridge will light up pink from 6-7 p.m. on Sunday, October 16.

Along with the national 100 year celebration of the organization, Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette is celebrating 53 years.

The celebration is part of Planned Parenthood’s #100YearsStrong effort that will continue throughout the year to celebrate the progress made in women’s healthcare and family planning.

Sanger, her sister, Ethel Bryne and activist Fania Mindell were arrested for opening their birth control clinic in 1916. Controversy has continued for birth control and abortion services throughout the century since that day.

Planned Parenthood has come a long way since then, now backed by 9 million supporters, reaching 1.5 million people every year with educational outreach and providing 72 million people with sexual and reproductive health information every year.

“It’s remarkable to think that women now have opportunities that were unimaginable in 1916. Today women are nearly half the workforce and more than half of college students. They’re in every major profession and job category in the United States – serving in our military and in law enforcement, practicing medicine and law, in education and major corporations, in professional sports and managerial positions. Here in Oregon and Southwest Washington, we feel incredibly honored to be part of this progress.” —  Stacy M. Cross, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette.