For Immediate Release
January 11, 2016
Contact: Carrie Mumah, 212-274-7294, [email protected]
Planned Parenthood of New York City Commends DCA’s Proposed Rules on Pregnancy Service Centers
Yet, More Must Be Done to Ensure Women Are Not Deceived and Misled by Anti-Abortion Organizations
NEW YORK — Today Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) testified at a New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) hearing on Proposed Rules on regulation of pregnancy service centers, also called crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). CPCs are anti-abortion organizations that are not licensed to provide medical services and often mislead pregnant individuals about their reproductive health options.
"Planned Parenthood supports the adoption of DCA’s Proposed Rule to enforce Local Law 17 that provides important protections to inform New Yorkers what services CPCs do and do not offer. As a leading sexual and reproductive health care provider in New York City, PPNYC sees firsthand the impact that CPCs have on individuals trying to access reproductive health care. Our patients have reported that they are given inaccurate information, feel harassed and intimidated, and are misled into thinking the CPCs provide birth control and abortion,” said Joan Malin, President and CEO of PPNYC.
PPNYC was pleased to see DCA’s proposed rule mandating specific written and oral disclosure language for all consumers. However, the proposed language can be improved by simply and clearly stating: "This facility does not have a licensed medical provider on site to provide or oversee all services."
"As a health care provider, we know how critical it is that people fully understand their reproductive health care options," Malin explains. "We're concerned about the repercussions of lengthy and confusing disclosure statements for individuals who are limited English proficient, or have lower levels of health literacy."
While we commend DCA’s improvements and additions made to the proposed rules, we again offer additional recommendations to further strengthen DCA’s regulations and provide clear accountability measures. Specifically, PPNYC recommends a reporting mechanism through 311 and a published list of CPCs that have been issued violations on the DCA website.
“New Yorkers deserve to have safe and timely access to the full range of high-quality reproductive health care. Our proposed revisions will help ensure people’s health will not be put at risk by CPCs," Malin continued.
For an interview, 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, Queens 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.
January 11, 2016