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(New York, NY)—Today a U.S. District Court judge issued a preliminary injunction against New York City Local Law 17 (2011), which requires crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to disclose the services they do and don’t provide. Simone Ward, Vice President of Public Affairs at Planned Parenthood of New York City, issued the following statement:
“We are disappointed, but not discouraged by this ruling, and will stand by the New York City Council as they continue to fight to protect the health and safety of the men, women and teens we serve, as well as that of all New Yorkers.
Let’s not forget: these centers purposefully deceive women and dissuade them from seeking safe, legal and often lifesaving health care. They have lied to our patients, and given our patients false information under the guise of providing factual medical advice. This law has nothing to do with ideology and everything to do with protecting New Yorkers, and removing the barriers that prevent the men, women and teens of New York City from accessing safe, high-quality medical care.
The court's ruling even stated: 'This court recognizes that the prevention of deception related to reproductive health care is of paramount importance,' and that '[l]ack of transparency and delay in prenatal care can gravely impact a woman’s health.' The judge also specifically cited that the crisis pregnancy centers' practice of providing ultrasounds is 'the most potentially deceptive' because 'a woman visiting a facility that performs and/or interprets ultrasounds could reasonably form the impression that she has received medical treatment.'”
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 nearly 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.