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Planned Parenthood of New York City Supports Passage of New York City Council Legislation (Intro 371-A) Regulating So-Called Crisis Pregnancy Centers (3/1/11)
New York, NY – Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) supports passage of New York City Council legislation (Intro 371-A) that would amend the administrative code of the City of New York to regulate pregnancy service centers (also known as crisis pregnancy centers).
“PPNYC believes that the first victim in the war on reproductive freedom being waged today is the truth,” said Traci Perry, Vice President of Public Affairs for PPNYC. “What the women and teens of New York City need and demand is that they be given completely honest and accurate information when seeking reproductive health services.”
Crisis pregnancy centers intentionally engage in deceptive practices which include misleading women and teens about the types of services provided and about the availability of licensed medical providers on-site. These deceptions are widely practiced through advertisements placed throughout New York City.
“Crisis pregnancy centers must stop representing themselves as medical providers and they must immediately start informing the women and teens who find themselves on their premises about what they do and what they don’t do,” said Perry. “Intro 371-A will assure that, and will also assure that private, confidential information will be protected.”
“We stand with Intro 371-A sponsor Council Member Jessica Lappin, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and the broad coalition of NYC Council co-sponsors in urging passage of Intro 371-A when it comes up for vote on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.”
“This legislation will go a long way toward ending deceptive practices by crisis pregnancy centers,” Perry concluded.
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.