Press Release (1/6/11): "Prebuttal by PPNYC to Announced Press Conference by the Chiaroscuro Foundation and Archbishop Timothy Dolan of the Archdiocese of New York"


Erica Sackin, (212) 274-7294 or

Published: 01.06.11| Updated: 01.06.11

Statement from Joan Malin, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City

New York, NY—Today Archbishop Timothy Dolan will join the Chiaroscuro Foundation in commenting on abortion provision in New York City. Joan Malin, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City, issued the following statement as a prebuttal:

"We believe that today’s press conference will revisit previously released data concerning New Yorkers’ access to abortion.

The unplanned pregnancy rate in New York City is impacted by a myriad of societal factors, including access to information and education, access to birth control, and intimate partner violence, among others. Planned Parenthood works every day to address those underlying issues and we invite the Archdiocese of New York and its partner organizations in this press conference to join in making sure that every young person in New York City has access to comprehensive sex education and access to birth control information and usage.

In the years immediately before New York State legalized safe abortion in 1970, hospitals had separate septic abortion wards for women who were bleeding, injured, and infected due to illegal abortions. After legalization, there was a dramatic decrease in the number of women dying due to complications of illegal abortions.  Maternal mortality fell, because women had many more and much safer options when facing a potentially life-threatening pregnancy complication.

Restricting access to abortion will never change the reasons why women choose to have an abortion. We know that women are moral decision makers quite capable of deciding what is best for them and their families. Restricting and criminalizing abortion will force women into making dangerous and sometimes life-threatening decisions as they seek out unsafe abortions.

I am proud that New York City is a place where women can access the health care they need, and that we are able to allow women to make the best decisions for themselves, their circumstances, and their families.

We look forward to hearing how today’s press conference organizers plan to help the thousands of young women and men who face unplanned pregnancies each year."


Since 1916, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) has been an advocate for and provider of reproductive health services and education for New Yorkers.  Serving more than 50,000 clients annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx,  and Staten Island offer reproductive health services, including gynecological care, contraception, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, and HIV testing and counseling.  Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC is bringing better health and more fulfilling lives to each new generation of New Yorkers.   As a voice for reproductive freedom, PPNYC supports legislation and policies to ensure that all New Yorkers—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.

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