For Immediate Release
January 12, 2015
Contact: Carrie Mumah, [email protected] or 404-310-0302
Planned Parenthood of New York City Supports Proposed Rule on Crisis Pregnancy Centers
NEW YORK — Today Planned Parenthood of New York City (PPNYC) testified at a New York City Department of Consumer Affairs hearing on a proposed rule on regulation of pregnancy service centers, also called crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs), which are organizations that do not provide medical services and often mislead pregnant individuals about their options.
Joan Malin, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of New York City issued the following statement:
"I want to thank the Department of Consumer Affairs for convening this hearing and Deputy Commissioner Amit Bagga for his dedication to this issue.
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. CPCs use deceptive tactics and provide misinformation to try to keep people from accessing essential health care services. Our patients have reported that they faced harassment and intimidation from CPCs and that they were misled into thinking the centers provided abortion.
Local Law 17 of 2011 provides important protections to inform individuals what services CPCs do and do not offer. We are pleased that the proposed rule requires CPCs to make disclosures including in signs, on websites, and in advertising, to inform individuals that any services they offer are not provided by a licensed medical professional. To make the proposed rule stronger, we recommend that the disclosure requirements are clear and strong to protect pregnant individuals from misinformation. We also recommend that they include effective enforcement and reporting mechanisms to support compliance.
New Yorkers deserve to have safe access to high-quality reproductive health care—not to have their health be put at risk by CPCs. We look forward to the proposed rules being adopted and implemented to hold CPCs accountable and protect New Yorkers' health."
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.
January 12, 2015