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Planned Parenthood of New York City in the News

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***    PRESS CONTACT:  Mel Gagarin
(212) 274-7294/mel.gagarin@ppnyc.org

Planned Parenthood of New York City to Offer Trainings in  Support of City Council Clinic Protection Project

(New York, NY) -“Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) enthusiastically supports the Clinic Protection Project. We thank Council Speaker Christine Quinn for her continued support for unfettered access to reproductive health care in New York City. We look forward to partnering with the Speakers Office by providing escort philosophy, best practices for escorting, and training for volunteer escorts,” said Joan Malin, CEO & President of PPNYC.

The role of volunteer escorts is critical to creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all PPNYC patients and their companions. On a regular basis, PPNYC’s health center patients and staff are subject to protest and harassment by anti-choice individuals and groups. PPNYC’s volunteer escorts fulfill a very important and much appreciated service supporting our patients.

Over the years we have gained the knowledge and expertise needed to ensure the safety of all individuals receiving reproductive health services at our health centers. Our Escort Program is a part of the Planned Parenthood of New York City Activist Council and all volunteer escorts receive extensive training before serving as an Escort.

The training includes: stressing the importance of maintaining strict confidentiality concerning clients, adhering to a non-engagement policy with protestors, and being trained to be fully aware of which protester activities are prohibited under the city, state, and federal clinic access laws. Escorts are trained to report and record all unlawful activities.

At PPNYC escorts are always supported by onsite security staff. We are also incredibly proud of the strong relationship we have with our local NYPD precincts to ensure the safety of our clients and our staff.

We look forward to working with the Speaker’s Office to provide comprehensive training for this exciting and important initiative.

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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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