Tuesday, March 1, 2011

TODAY: Tell city council: Crisis pregnancy centers harm women’s health

Hello to all my NYC friends who support women's rights.  The City Council will vote tomorrow on a measure requiring so-called Crisis Pregnancy Centers (religiously affiliated, non-medical clinics that claim to offer medical services although they don't, and do not refer for birth control or abortions) to post a sign stating that they don't provide abortions or birth control, or have trained medical personnel on site.  The CPCs are fighting this tooth and nail.  I think this is vital for women to have access to accurate information and to know that a facility claiming to provide medical services actually *is* providing medical services.  I also think women should have access to accurate information, which these centers do not provide.

If you can take 10 minutes today or tomorrow morning to call your City Councilman/woman and urge them to vote yes on Intro 371, NYC's women will thank you!  There's a link below with more information.

En soledaridad,


Call Your City Council Member TODAY: Misleading Patients Is Bad Medicine
Tomorrow, the New York City Council will vote on a bill that would require crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) to post signs if they don't offer referrals for contraception, prenatal care, or abortion, or if they don't have medical professionals on staff.

Reign in the city's CPCs. Call your council member today and say "Vote YES on Intro. 371. This bill would help stop crisis pregnancy centers from misleading women and damaging their health."
To look up your city council member and his/her district office phone number:
  1. Go to the city council's web directory: http://council.nyc.gov/html/members/members.shtml
  2. Click on your council member's name OR
    identify your council member by entering your street address.
  3. On your council member's web page, call the "District Office Phone Number."
Your council member needs to hear from you today. Every pregnant woman deserves open, honest, medically accurate counseling and high-quality care, whether or not she is planning to give birth. Many CPCs pretend to provide the services women need but then give their patients dangerous misinformation about birth control, pregnancy, and abortion.
My patient Susan was duped by a CPC. She wanted to end her pregnancy and would have had a safe abortion if the CPC hadn't delayed her with unnecessary ultrasounds and lies. When Susan came to see me for an abortion, she was much too far along. The CPC had robbed her of not only her reproductive choice but also six months of prenatal care.
A sign stating that the CPC did not make referrals for abortion might have made a huge difference for Susan. Your city council member must support this bill. Call her or him right away.
Anne Davis, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health

Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health
PRCH is a doctor-led national advocacy organization. We use
evidence-based medicine to promote sound reproductive health
policies. We believe in reproductive choice for everyone.

www.prch.orginfo@prch.org • 646-366-1890
55 West 39th Street, Suite 1001, New York, NY 10018

Sharon Phillips, MD

Director | National Physicians Alliance | New York Local Action Network
Family Planning Fellow | Albert Einstein College of Medicine | Montefiore Medical Center | Bronx NY

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