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For Immediate Release: July 13, 2016

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


Planned Parenthood of New York City Applauds Historic Menstrual Equity Bills 

Statement by Joan Malin, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City

NEW YORK, NY – Today New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill package that will supply free menstrual products to thousands of New Yorkers who may not otherwise have access.

Having access to tampons and pads is an essential component of good hygiene and wellbeing. People who are unable to afford menstrual products are more prone to infection, and often bear unnecessary indignities.  The bills will ensure that menstrual products are stocked in public school bathrooms, as well as in jails, homeless shelters, and domestic violence shelters. Tampons and pads can cost more than $70 a year, and in prisons and shelters, access to menstrual products is limited. These bills will reduce the stigma associated with menstruation and expand economic opportunity by ensuring that students, incarcerated individuals, and individuals experiencing homelessness or domestic violence have access to menstrual products they need.

Statement from Joan Malin, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of New York City:

"Access to resources like menstrual products is a simple matter of dignity and respect.  Planned Parenthood of New York City applauds Mayor Bill de Blasio, Council Member Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito for working to ensure that individuals in New York City schools, homeless shelters, and jails can access tampons and pads when they need them. This is a huge victory for menstrual equity, and will help young people develop a positive body image and stay focused on achieving their dreams. We are proud that our Mayor and City Council are dedicated to making our city a place where all New Yorkers can lead healthier and happier lives."


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 53,000 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 will have access to the full range of reproductive health care services and information.


Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc.


July 13, 2016