Planned Parenthood of New York City political committee endorses Chris, candidate with unmatched record of protecting reproductive rights

Hailing her unparalleled record of fighting to defend New York City women’s reproductive rights, Planned Parenthood of New York City’s Political Committee threw its support behind Christine Quinn’s historic bid for mayor. Planned Parenthood’s President and CEO Joan Malin noted Quinn’s unrelenting support of women’s rights and access to full reproductive health options, including her steadfast battle against opposition to some of New York City’s most important and groundbreaking laws, enacted under Quinn’s leadership.

 

“We believe Chris Quinn best represents the interests of the women, men and young people of New York City who rely on access to the full range of sexual and reproductive health services and information, today and in the future,” said Joan Malin of the PPNYC Political Committee. “Throughout her career as a NYC Council Member and most recently as Speaker of the NYC Council, Chris has shown her commitment to protecting women’s access to life-saving cancer screenings, birth control and safe and legal abortion—and she wholeheartedly shares our belief that medical decisions are best made by women and doctors, not politicians.”

“Planned Parenthood and their political committee has a long, amazing history of breaking barriers on behalf of women and has not once through the decades let up on their relentless fight to protect the health of women and girls,” said Quinn. “I’m so incredibly proud to have the support of such a trailblazing, powerful organization. Together, we will continue to make sure the health of New York City’s women and girls is a top priority.”

Continuing to build on her record of protecting women’s and girl’s health care, Quinn also announced that as mayor, she will guarantee the City provides every student with comprehensive, age-appropriate health education, and will expand the program to ensure it is meeting the needs of students of all backgrounds. In order to help make sure New York City’s program is truly comprehensive, Quinn will strengthen partnerships with successful programs that utilize peer education and outreach to effectively inform teens. With comprehensive health education, Quinn will make New York City a national leader in combating teen pregnancy, reducing youth STI rates and preventing violence and abuse.

Additionally, Quinn will hold schools accountable for providing information to parents on the specific classes at each school. Quinn will include health education as a component on school report cards so parents can make the right decisions about their children’s education. Quinn will require principals to allocate time for health education and provide training so that every school has a health education certified teacher. Currently, although health education curriculum exists, the Department of Education doesn’t report on what schools are teaching it and to what students.

Data indicates one in seven New York City high school students is physically or sexually assaulted by a dating partner and one third of New York City teens report experiencing some kind of abuse in their romantic relationships. The New York City Domestic Violence Hotline receives an average of 1,400 calls from teenagers every month.