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File #: Res 0862-2019    Version: * Name: Direct the consumer protection division to conduct a study on limited service pregnancy center entities. (A.04372)
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 5/8/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the State of New York to pass, and the Governor to sign, A.04372, to direct the consumer protection division to conduct a study on limited service pregnancy center entities.
Sponsors: Vanessa L. Gibson, Margaret S. Chin
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 862, 2. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 5-8-19, 3. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - May 8, 2019

Res. No. 862

 

Resolution calling on the State of New York to pass, and the Governor to sign, A.04372, to direct the consumer protection division to conduct a study on limited service pregnancy center entities.

 

By Council Members Gibson and Chin

 

Whereas, Limited service pregnancy centers, otherwise known as crisis pregnancy centers or pregnancy service centers, are facilities that are not licensed to provide medical services despite their efforts to appear as a proper sexual health clinic; and

Whereas, Pregnancy service centers are further defined in New York City’s Administrative Code as “…a facility, including a mobile facility, the primary purpose of which is to provide services to women who are or may be pregnant, that either: (1) offers obstetric ultrasounds, obstetric sonograms or prenatal care; or (2) has the appearance of a licensed medical facility”; and

Whereas, According to Planned Parenthood, pregnancy service centers lead individuals to believe they provide abortion services, comprehensive contraception, and referrals for care, meanwhile they are anti-abortion and anti-birth control; and

Whereas, Pregnancy service centers generally do not formally disclose to their clients whether they do or do not provide abortion or referrals for abortion, provide FDA-approved emergency contraception or referrals to organizations or individuals who provide emergency contraception, or provide prenatal care or referrals for prenatal care; and

Whereas, Pregnancy service centers have been known to perform deceptive practices, such as branding or marketing themselves as similar to Planned Parenthood and other licensed health centers; and

Whereas, Pregnancy service centers have provided false and misleading information to those who seek care; and

Whereas, Pregnancy service centers often request clients’ personal information, and there have been instances when the center has breached confidentiality by showing up at a person’s  place of work; and

Whereas, A.04372, sponsored by Assembly Member Deborah Glick, would direct the consumer protection division to conduct a study on these centers; and

Whereas, The study would include examining the funding sources of centers, the number of people who visit such centers, the services they provide, the personal information they obtain, and their practices of disclosing or not disclosing information about their facilities and motives; and

Whereas, Since pregnancy service centers are unlicensed and therefore unregulated by the Health Department, such a study would be of much help to policymakers and the public, and could help direct future actions to protect the public and ensure access to quality care; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Council of the City of New York calls on the State of New York to pass, and the Governor to sign, A.04372, to direct the consumer protection division to conduct a study on limited service pregnancy center entities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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04/25/2019