PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF NEW YORK CITY SUPPORTS PAID SICK DAYS (3/22/13)
(New York, NY)—Planned Parenthood of New York City urges the New York City Council to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to paid sick days.
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. Paid sick days will 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 New Yorkers who currently lack paid sick days resemble our clients – young women, working mothers, and low-income New Yorkers. We know that paid sick days are especially critical for single working mothers, a group of New Yorkers who face impossible choices between taking home a full paycheck and caring for themselves and their children. Access to paid sick days would prevent a woman from having to decide between her health and her livelihood.
As a health care 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.
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 sexual and reproductive health equity, 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.