(Tim: this post from our New York City correspondent, a Manhattan attorney from Redeemer Presbyterian Church.) Here are two New York Times articles (one and two) regarding recent developments on the abortion front in New York City that highlight (i) the pro abortion position of the NYTimes and (ii) new legislation proposed by the New York City Council that requires pro-life pregnancy centers to post signs that basically say "make sure you visit Planned Parenthood too."
As described in one of the articles:
To compensate for ambiguities like unclear signage at the centers, the bill, set to be announced on Tuesday, would require, among other things, signs at the entrance and in the waiting rooms to inform women that the center does not provide abortions or contraceptives approved by the Food and Drug Administration, and that it does not provide referrals for those options, either. Signage would also need to make it clear if no licensed medical professional is on the staff.The text of the proposed legislation, in pertinent part, is as follows:
§ 20-816 Required disclosures.
a. (1) A limited service pregnancy center shall disclose to a client that the limited service pregnancy center does not provide abortion or FDA-approved contraceptive drugs and devices and does not provide referrals to individuals or organizations that provide abortion or FDA-approved contraceptive drugs and devices.
(2) The disclosures required by this subdivision must be provided in writing, in English and Spanish:
(i) on at least one sign conspicuously posted in the entrance and any areas where individuals wait to receive services and to be written in such size and style as determined in accordance with rules promulgated by the commissioner;
(ii) if the limited services pregnancy center has a website, clearly visible on such website in such size and style as determined in accordance with rules promulgated by the commissioner; and
(iii) in any advertisement promoting the services of such limited service pregnancy center in clear and prominent letter type and in such size and style as determined in accordance with rules promulgated by the commissioner.
b. If a licensed medical provider is not present at a limited service pregnancy center, such limited service pregnancy center shall disclose to a client that a licensed medical provider is not available. Such disclosure must be provided in writing, in English and Spanish on at least one sign conspicuously posted in the entrance and any areas where individuals wait to receive services and to be written in such size and style as determined in accordance with rules promulgated by the commissioner.
Penalties for violation of the proposed law include fines and temporary closure of the facility.
Here's the press release from the New York City Council regarding the proposed law. Note that the release proudly states "joining the Council were Kelli Conlin, President of NARAL Pro-Choice New York, Joan Malin, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood New York City, and a coalition of advocates who worked together with the Council on its response to this issue."
When you consider the financial windfall that Planned Parenthood stands to gain from the passing of the legislation and the fact that Planned Parenthood is already flush with cash from its abortion machine, it's enough to make your stomach turn.
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(NOTE: There was a change made to the text of this article to correct information concerning Planned Parenthood's legal structure.)