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For Immediate Release

January 21, 2015

Contact: Carrie Mumah, [email protected] or 212-274-7294


On Roe v. Wade Anniversary, Planned Parenthood of New York City Urges Congress to Protect Reproductive Rights

PPNYC Supports New York City Council Resolution Calling on Congress to Pass the Women's Health Protection Act

NEW YORK On January 22, as Americans commemorate and reflect on the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling 42 years ago, Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) is joining the New York City Council in urging Congress to pass the Women's Health Protection Act, which would uphold and enforce the constitutionally protected right to abortion services under Roe v. Wade.

The NYC Council will hold a press conference on a resolution calling on Congress to pass the Women's Health Protection Act on January 22 at 9:15 a.m. on the steps of City Hall.

“Despite the fact that abortion is one of the safest medical procedures in the United States and is supported by the majority of Americans, we’re seeing more and more legislation moving forward at both the federal and state levels designed to restrict access," said Christina Chang, PPNYC's Vice President for Public Affairs. "As a leading sexual and reproductive health care provider in New York City, Planned Parenthood of New York City knows how dangerous these restrictions could be for our patients. That’s why we’re joining the reproductive rights champions in the New York City Council in urging Congress to pass a bill to uphold the constitutionally protected right to access safe and legal abortion."

State legislatures have enacted 231 restrictions on abortion access in the past four years alone. In just the first few days of 2015, Congress introduced six bills that would restrict abortion. One of those bills, which Congress will vote on January 22 on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, would ban abortion nationwide after 20 weeks.

"Even places like New York that are often thought of as safe havens for reproductive rights are facing an increased threat," said Chang. "The ongoing attacks on reproductive health care at the federal level, as well as the current anti-reproductive health stance of the New York State Senate, pose serious threats to reproductive rights in New York. We applaud the New York City Council for its commitment to protecting the reproductive health and rights of our residents."

Studies show that one in three women in the United States has an abortion, and data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that abortion has a higher than 99 percent safety record. More than 80 percent of New Yorkers support codifying the protections of Roe v. Wade and agree that a woman’s ability to control the timing of her family is a fundamental component of women’s equality.

The New York City Council held a hearing January 21 on the resolution urging Congress to pass the Women's Health Protection Act, and PPPNYC testified in support. Read PPNYC's testimony

For an interview with a PPNYC spokesperson, please contact Carrie Mumah at 212-274-7294 or [email protected]




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 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—and, in fact, people around the world—will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.


Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc.


January 21, 2015