FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2011
MAYOR BLOOMBERG SIGNS LEGISLATION REQUIRING PREGNANCY SERVICE CENTERS TO DISCLOSE SERVICES PROVIDED FOR WOMEN SEEKING REPRODUCTIVE CARE
Remarks by Mayor Bloomberg at a Public Hearing on Local Laws
"The final bill before me today is Introductory Number 371-A, sponsored by Speaker Quinn and Council Members Lappin, Arroyo, Ferreras, Mendez, Garodnick, Reyna, Foster, Brewer, Fidler, James, Koppell, Koslowitz, Lander, Palma, Rose, Van Bramer, Rodriguez, Chin, Dickens, Dromm, Mark-Viverito, Jackson and Barron. Introductory Number 371-A requires pregnancy service centers to disclose the services they are providing to women seeking reproductive care.
"Pregnancy service centers provide services to women who are or may become pregnant and are not licensed by the State or federal government to provide medical or pharmaceutical services to women. These centers provide obstetric ultrasounds, obstetric sonograms or prenatal care or have the appearance of a licensed medical facility. To ensure that women are fully informed of the services provided by pregnancy service centers, this bill requires the centers to inform their clients whether they have a licensed medical provider on staff and disclose whether they provide certain pregnancy-related services or not. This bill also requires centers to provide confidentiality protections for their clients' personal and health information.
"I would like to thank Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz and his staff for their work on this bill along with my Office of City Legislative Affairs. I would also like to thank the Council for approving this legislation."
Stu Loeser/Evelyn Erskine (212) 788-2958
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