Breaking: New York City Council Passes Anti-CPC Legislation!

ad for a CPC, with pictures of sad-looking women and text asking if you are scared or pregnant

Pregnant? Confused? Need help?

Well, I’ve got some awesome news for you! Now, creepy and misleading ads like the one above, with little information about which services will be provided to the women they target, won’t as easily be able to fool and trick you anymore!

Remember when we told you about that hearing in NYC to consider legislation that would regulate crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) in New York City?

Well, today, just a few months later, all that advocacy has paid off, as New York City just passed that very legislation by an overwhelming vote of 39-9-1. From now on, CPC’s in NYC will be regulated to prevent them from lying or misrepresenting themselves to women.

They will be required to disclose whether they have a licensed medical provider, and also say whether they’ll refer women to other services, including emergency contraception and abortion.

This is amazing news, since, as yall know, these centers use false information, lies, and scare tactics to intimidate women out of accessing the care they want and need.

Huge thanks go out to city council member Christine Quinn and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, who both backed the bill, as well as the countless advocates who showed their support for this cause from the beginning.

And for more information, check out this excellent report by NARAL on the deceptive practices of CPCs.

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Lori Adelman is a writer and advocate focusing on race, gender, and sexual and reproductive rights. In addition to her work at Feministing, Lori is an Associate Director at Planned Parenthood Global. Lori has previously worked at the United Nations Foundation, the International Women’s Health Coalition, and Human Rights Watch, and has written for a host of print and digital properties including Rookie Magazine, The Grio, and the New York Times Magazine. She regularly appears on radio and television, and has spoken at college campuses across the U.S. about topics like the politics of black hair, transnational movement building, and the undercover feminism of Nicki Minaj. In 2014, she was named to The Root 100 list of the nation's most influential African Americans, and to the Forbes Magazine list of the "30 Under 30" successful people in media.

Lori Adelman is an Executive Director of Feministing in charge of Partnerships.

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