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Planned Parenthood New York City Congratulates Council Member Corey Johnson on Election to NYC Speaker

Statement by Laura McQuade, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City

NEW YORK – “Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) congratulates Corey Johnson on becoming the next Speaker of the New York City Council.

Council Speaker Johnson has been a staunch leader of public health in New York City and advocate for sexual and reproductive health and rights and the essential programs and services PPNYC provides across the five boroughs. As former Chair of the Health Committee, he understands the importance of community health providers and affordable, accessible care for all New Yorkers, and has fought against discrimination of transgender and gender nonconforming New Yorkers.

PPNYC looks forward to working with the Speaker and the entire New York City Council to advance sexual and reproductive rights and health equity across the city. At a time when basic human rights, including access to health care, are under attack from Washington, New York City must lead on expanding access to affordable care, particularly in marginalized communities, implementing comprehensive sexuality education in all grades K-12, and protecting the rights of women, immigrants and the LGBTQ communities.”

 

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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. Providing more than 100,000 patient visits annually, PPNYC’s health care centers in Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island offer sexual and reproductive health services, including gynecological care, birth control, cancer screening, pregnancy testing, abortion, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, HIV prevention, testing and counseling, transgender hormone therapy and vasectomy. Through a threefold mission of clinical services, education, and advocacy, PPNYC brings 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 will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.