Wednesday, March 2, 2011

VICTORY: New York City Council Protects Women

NY-CPC-press-conferenceAmid the barrage of anti-choice legislation coming from Washington, D.C. and states across the country, we bring good news today from New York City!

Today the New York City Council passed Intro. 371, ground breaking legislation regulating anti-choice “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs)! The City Council further affirmed its commitment to choice by passing a series of resolutions calling upon the U.S. House of Representatives to reject the multiple outrageous anti-choice federal bills that are moving through the chamber.

The passage of Intro. 371 today was the culmination of our two-year initiative to investigate, expose, and ultimately regulate anti-choice CPCs in New York City. The bill was drafted as a result of our investigation and report about CPCs, and will require CPCs to be honest about the services they do and do not provide and whether they have licensed medical professionals on staff.

Our thanks go out to the City Council for passing this bill, and to all of you who signed petitions, called your councilmember, and rallied to support this important legislation!

The City Council further affirmed its commitment to reproductive rights by passing Resolutions 666, 670, and 672, all of which call upon the U.S. House of Representatives to reject the recent proposed bills that would severely restrict the ability of women in the U.S. to make the reproductive decisions that are best for their families and themselves. These bills are nothing less than an all-out war on women. The City Council resolutions recognize this war on women and help send a strong message to Washington: New York City won’t stand for these attacks on women’s health care.

It is a monumental day for women’s health and reproductive freedom in New York City. As anti-choice lawmakers across the country turn back the clock on reproductive health, it is encouraging to know that our elected officials in New York City are not only standing up for our rights, but moving the ball forward.

For choice,

Sabrina Shulman
Political Director

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