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PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF NEW YORK CITY SUPPORTS PAID SICK DAYS BILL
URGES NYC COUNCIL TO BRING BILL TO A VOTE
(New York, NY) -- Planned Parenthood of New York City joins countless small businesses, clergy leaders, policy experts, as well as public health, women’s and labor organizations throughout New York City in urging the New York City Council to bring amended Intro 97-A, providing paid sick time earned by employees, to a vote.
As a leading reproductive health care provider in New York City, we know all too well the realities faced by uninsured and underinsured New Yorkers. Our doors are open to everyone regardless of their immigration status, gender, or ability to pay. We see our clients make difficult decisions about how to best manage resources to care for themselves and their families every single day. The current paid sick leave legislation provides a critical opportunity to provide some of the hardest working New Yorkers with a sense of security during these times of economic uncertainty. It will mean so much to so many.
The one million New Yorkers who currently lack paid sick days resemble our clients – young women, working mothers, and low income New Yorkers. As the Community Service Society notes in their October 2012 Policy Brief, paid sick days are especially critical for single working mothers, a group of New Yorkers with among the highest poverty rates who face impossible choices between taking home a full paycheck and caring for themselves and their children. This legislation would prevent a woman from having to decide between her health and her livelihood.
As a healthcare provider, we recognize the intersection of economic security and reproductive health. Access to the time-sensitive services that we provide, for example, should not be forsaken out of fear of retaliation from an employer or result in lost wages. At the same time, as a medium-sized employer, we believe that amended Intro 97-A will allow the City Council to vote on a paid sick days bill that is responsible and provides businesses large and small – our agency included – the flexibility required to thrive.
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, life-saving cancer screenings, male reproductive health services, 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.
 Rankin, Nancy. (2012). Paid Sick Days: Support Grows for a Work Standard Most Low-Wage Earners Still Lack in New York City. Community Service Society. http://www.cssny.org/publications/entry/paid-sick-days-support-grows-for-a-work-standard-most-low-wage-earners-stil