Francine Coeytaux

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Francine Coeytaux
Alma materStanford University
University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation(s)Women's health advocate and public health specialist
Awards2013 Ruth Roemer Social Justice Leadership Award[2]
2011 Carl S. Shultz Award for Lifetime Achievement[citation needed]
2010 Felicia Stewart Award for Lifetime Achievement in Emergency Contraception[3]

Francine Coeytaux, founder of the Pacific Institute for Women's Health, is an American-based French[1] public health specialist and abortion rights activist who has developed and evaluated family planning and reproductive health programs.[4][5] She is known for her work on comprehensive reproductive health services, abortion and new reproductive technologies.[4] She was an Associate at the Population Council in New York City where she started an international program to address the problem of unsafe abortion, collaborated on the public introduction of Norplant and RU 486, and helped develop reproductive health activities in Sub-Saharan Africa.[1][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Coeytaux was born in Switzerland and grew up in Tunisia.[1] She studied at Stanford University where her B.A. was in Latin American History and Human Biology.[1] She obtained an MPH in Demography and Population Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.[4]


Coeytaux worked for many years in California, US. She contributed in the 1970s to the creation of Planned Parenthood's first adolescent outreach programs in San Francisco and designed a health program for migrant children in five rural counties of California.[citation needed] She has published extensively. She sits on the Boards of EngenderHealth and the Center for Genetics and Society.[6] Coeytaux has consulted for organizations including the World Health Organization, the International Planned Parenthood Federation, the World Bank, the Compton Foundation, and served on the State of California’s Advisory Committee on Human Cloning.[4] She was one of the founders of the Reproductive Health Technologies Project.[4] She was one of the founders of the Plan C website and campaign for access to medical abortion.[1][5][7]

Coeytaux has received the Ruth Roemer Social Justice Leadership Award and the Felicia Stewart Award for Lifetime Achievement in Emergency Contraception.[2][3] She has been inducted into the UCLA School of Public Health Alumni Hall of Fame.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Coeytaux has lived in Tunisia, Peru, Nicaragua, Switzerland and the United States, and has worked in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America.[1] She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband, David Glanzman.[1] They have two children.[1]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Tzortzis, Andreas (5 April 2018). "Profile: Francine Coeytaux". Ageist. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
  2. ^ a b "Ruth Roemer Social Justice Leadership Award". UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
  3. ^ a b "EXCELLENCE IN EC AWARDS". American Society for Emergency Contraception. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Francine M. Coeytaux, M.P.H. '82". UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
  5. ^ a b Adams, Patrick (27 April 2017). "Spreading Plan C to End Pregnancy". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
  6. ^ "Board of Directors". Engenderhealth 70th Anniversary Impact Report. Engender. 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2023.
  7. ^ Khazan, Olga (12 October 2021). "The Abortion Backup Plan No One Is Talking About". The Atlantic.
  8. ^ "Alumni Hall of Fame". UCLA Public Health. UCLA. 2007. Retrieved 24 January 2023.