About Us

History

  • 1970: New York State becomes one of the first states in the country to legalize abortion, three years before the passing of Roe v. Wade.
  • 1983: Buffalo Womenservices opens.
  • Spring 1992: Buffalo mayor Jimmy Griffin invites anti-abortion group Operation Rescue to Buffalo, with thousands of protesters and counter-protestors descending on the city.
  • 1994: Moves to current location.
  • October 23, 1998: Womenservices physician Barnett Slepian is murdered in his home by an anti-abortion terrorist.
  • February 14, 2014: Current owner and physician Katharine Morrison opens the Birthing Center of Buffalo at Womenservices, becoming the first location in the country to provide both abortion services and birth center birth.

Philosophy

  • Respect: We respect each woman’s decision, including whether to have an abortion or to continue her pregnancy. We respect where and how she decides to birth her child. We respect all sexual orientations and gender expressions. We respect single parents and nontraditional families.
  • Access: We strongly believe that all reproductive health services – including abortion and birth – should be safe, compassionate, and affordable. We are proud to keep our fees reasonable so that anyone can access our services regardless of income level.
  • Work for Change: Our commitment to Reproductive Justice goes far beyond the walls of 2500 Main Street. We are part of a growing movement that believes everyone must have access to a complete spectrum of reproductive health care and that people must be trusted to make the decisions that affect their own lives. Please join us in standing up for Reproductive Justice!