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PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF NEW YORK CITY APPLAUDS PASSAGE
OF NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL LEGISLATION (INTRO 371-A) REGULATING CRISIS PREGNANCY CENTERS (3/2/11)
New York, NY – Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) applauds the passage of New York City Council legislation Intro 371-A which would amend the administrative code of the City of New York to regulate pregnancy service centers (also known as crisis pregnancy centers). The bill passed by a wide margin (39-9-1), showing just how important women’s health and safety is to all New Yorkers.
“This legislation is a victory for all women and teens in New York who will no longer be tricked into thinking they are in a medical provider’s office, or wonder if they are receiving honest and accurate information about their reproductive health care. Thanks to this bill, their private, confidential information will also be protected, and crisis pregnancy centers will now have to clearly state what services they do and don’t provide,” said Joan Malin, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City.
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 will now have to stop representing themselves as medical providers and they must start informing the women and teens who find themselves on their premises about what they do and what they don’t do,” said Malin.
“We are grateful for the hard work that Intro 371-A sponsor Council Member Jessica Lappin, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and the broad coalition of New York City Council co-sponsors have done to secure passage of Intro 371-A today.”
“This legislation will go a long way toward ending deceptive practices by crisis pregnancy centers,” Malin 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.