WHS Time Line
The Chico Feminist Women’s Health Center (CFWHC) begins offering reproductive health services.
CFWHC supports the Nurses Strike in Chico and advocates for women on Medi-Cal to receive prenatal care.
CFWHC joins the Federation of Feminist Women’s Health Centers (FFWHC). We collectively researched and wrote "Women’s Health in Women’s Hands”.
CFWHC sponsors "Abortion in a Clinic Setting”, the first medical symposium addressing abortion in Northern California. How To Stay OUT of the Gynecologists Office by the FFWHC is published. FFWHC meets with the FDA to gain approval for the Cervical Cap. CFWHC releases an "Affirmative Action Plan” to improve maternity care.
A New View of A Woman's Body by FFWHC is published.
FFWHC writes "Clinic Guidelines and Protocols” to increase the use of health workers in family planning clinics.
Dido Hasper is appointed to the Governor’s Midwifery Advisory Council to develop legislation to legalize midwifery in California. CFWHC brings the Anti-Trust lawsuit against local medical community to increase access to abortion care.
We opened the Redding Feminist Women’s Health Center! CFWHC signs a settlement agreement with local physicians to get needed medical backup for women post abortion. We went on a European Self Help Tour visiting women's groups in London, Paris, Berlin, Hamburg, Milan and Geneva. We went to China and Japan to visit women’s groups and hare self help.
Women Centered Pregnancy and Birth by FFWHC is published. CFWHC starts "Fertility Health Services” providing care for infertility and donor insemination. CFWHC attends the irst U.S./Nicaraguan Health Symposium.
Redding FWHC is evicted by anti abortion protesters and moves to a new location. CFHWC develops the "Clinic Escort" program to help women get through anti-abortion protestors at clinics.
CFWHC gets a Restraining Order against anti abortion protestors to limit the level of harassment to clients.
We open the Sacramento Feminist Women’s Health Center!
We adopt the Women's Choice Clinic in Santa Rosa. After years of harassment, bogus felony charges (inspired by the anti-choice Governor Deukmejian) are dropped against the directors of CFWHC for volunteering their time at the clinic.
Redding FWHC is evicted for the second time due to anti abortion harassment. We find a new and permanent home after being closed for one month. FFWHC lectures at the National Congress of Family Planning in Seville, Spain.
Redding FWHC is gutted by arsonists. We transport clients to Chico. We re-open in three months. Sacramento FWHC gets a Restraining Order against anti-abortion protestors to limit the level of harassment to clients. The Women's Caucus of the American Public Health Association gave their award for significant contributions to women's health to Shauna Heckert. CFWHC sues the State of California for discriminating against abortion providers who serve women on Medi-Cal. Santa Rosa FWHC is invaded by antiabortion protestors
and held hostage for 8 hours.
Santa Rosa FWHC is evicted due to anti abortion
harassment. Chico FWHC is hit with butyric acid in the bathroom walls by an anti abortionist posing as a patient. The Sacramento Women’s History Museum gives their award for "Courage” to Shauna Heckert.
Redding FWHC is gutted a second time by arson fire. We open six-months later. CFWHC starts Women's Health and Wellness, a program for older women. We started services for men in all clinic sites.
We started Adoption Choices of Northern California. FWHC hosts the Sacramento Women's Health Awards Dinner and honors Kathryn Hall, MPH and Charles Stice, M.D for their significant contributions to women's health. Redding FWHC has its fourth arson attack.
We win a permanent injunction against Sacramento picketers after a three week trial. This injunction serves as a model for providers nation-wide. We join in with the start of the Women’s Health Collaborative of California.
We change the name of our clinics to "Women’s Health Specialists” to survive managed care changes in health care delivery.
We help start the Sacramento Community Clinic Consortium Ms. Magazine honors the work of Carol Downer, the founder of the Self Help Clinic and the first FWHC.
CFWHC responds to California's Medi-Cal managed care conversion, advocating for low-income women to have access to care.
We host a tour and self help clinic for national women leaders of Guinea. CFWHC provides key testimony against anti-abortion leader, Joe Scheidler in the NOW vs. Scheidler RICO law suit. We start the Sacramento Teen Care-a-Van with Diogenes Youth Services. Soroptimists International of Chico honors Dido Hasper with the "Advancing the Status of
Women” Award. We start providing non-surgical abortions.
Katrina Cantrell, Redding Clinic Director, is elected to the board of the National Women's Health Network in Washington, D.C. The Hirsch Award for the Advancement of Self Help
is awarded to Eileen Schnitger, FWHC Director.
We are the first provider of the "Abortion Pill” in California after its approval by the FDA. We create "Living and Loving” for the Far Northern Regional Center. The program provides
health, sex and abuse prevention education to women with developmental disabilities. We created the "Women In Need” Fund to provide economically disadvantaged women access to abortion and women's health care.
We designed and launched our website www.womenshealthspecialists.org. We started the Phoenix Teen Clinic in Petaluma, CA.
We went to London to present self help at the Menstruation Conference in Liverpool. FWHC takes a stand against the invasion of Iraq. FWHC goes to Cuba to learn about their women’s health care system and share self help. Katrina Cantrell is elected to the Board of Directors of the Native American Women’s Health Education Resource Center in South Dakota.
FWHC hosts the Sacramento Women’s Health Awards Dinner and honors Senator Deborah Ortiz and Tina Roberts. We successfully moved our permanent injunction against anti-abortion protestors in Sacramento to our new location. We successfully lobby for a County Ordinance in Sacramento establishing a "buffer zone” to protect all reproductive health facilities. The Indigenous Women’s Network in New York gives their "Award for Activism” to Katrina Cantrell, Director at FWHC.