Tell New York State Legislators: Condoms Aren't a Crime!
  • Petitioned State Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson

This petition was delivered to:

New York-036
State Sen. Ruth Hassell-Thompson
New York-017
State Sen. Simcha Felder
New York-045
State Sen. Elizabeth Little
New York-026
State Sen. Daniel Squadron
New York-020
State Sen. Eric Adams
New York-054
State Sen. Michael Nozzolio
New York-008
State Sen. Charles Fuschillo
New York-016
State Sen. Toby Stavisky
New York-030
State Sen. Bill Perkins
New York-041
State Sen. Terry Gipson
New York-046
State Sen. Cecilia Tkaczyk
New York-001
State Sen. Kenneth LaValle
New York-094
State Rep. Steve Katz
New York-140
State Rep. Robin Schimminger
New York-057
State Rep. Walter Mosley
New York-069
State Rep. Daniel O'Donnell
New York-031
State Rep. Michele Titus
New York-012
State Sen. Michael Gianaris
New York-045
State Rep. Steven Cymbrowitz
New York-032
State Rep. Vivian Cook
New York-041
State Rep. Helene Weinstein
New York-070
State Rep. Keith Wright
New York-031
State Sen. Adriano Espaillat
New York-008
State Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick
New York-013
State Rep. Charles Lavine
New York-044
State Rep. James Brennan
New York-149
State Rep. Sean Ryan
New York-050
State Rep. Joseph Lentol
New York-025
State Rep. Nily Rozic
New York-058
State Rep. Nick Perry
New York-053
State Sen. David Valesky
New York-087
State Rep. Luis Sepulveda
New York-002
State Sen. John Flanagan
New York-042
State Sen. John Bonacic
New York-050
State Sen. John DeFrancisco
New York-028
State Sen. Liz Krueger
New York-024
State Sen. Andrew Lanza
New York-062
State Rep. Joseph Borelli
New York-025
State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery
New York-112
State Rep. James Tedisco
New York-061
State Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer
New York-015
State Rep. Michael Montesano
New York-005
State Rep. Alfred Graf
New York-003
State Sen. Lee Zeldin
New York-021
State Rep. Brian Curran

Tell New York State Legislators: Condoms Aren't a Crime!

    1. Petition by

      Urban Justice Center

Although condoms themselves aren’t illegal, in New York possessing condoms has been used as evidence contributing to arrest and prosecution for intent to commit prostitution.

The chilling effect is that sex workers are being discouraged from practicing safe sex. Sex workers and others are less likely to use condoms if they know that the police might consider possessing them evidence of intent to commit a crime. 

New York City has serious problems with HIV/AIDS and should be taking every possible step to encourage safe sex. Stopping the spread of disease, especially HIV/AIDS, should be our top priority, and this backwards policy puts all of us at risk.

Over 27,000 people already sent letters to the NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg asking him  to tell police forces to stop considering condoms as evidence of intent to commit any crime and by making public statements declaring that no one should be afraid to practice safe sex in their city.

Now, a bill in the state legislature would make it illegal to use condoms as evidence of intent to commit the crime of prostitution.

Tell the New York Codes Committees to vote YES on this vital, life-saving piece of legislation.

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    • Luicke Liz PHOENIX, AZ
      • about 2 years ago

      Prevent spread of hiv and stds!! Condoms yes! ALL THE WAY!!

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    • Kimberly Anderson PORT ARTHUR, TX
      • about 2 years ago

      Condoms should not be confiscated and used as criminal evidence. If it is such a big issue, shouldn't more funding be used to help the people that sell their body and get those individuals off the street and find an alternative lifestyle that will suit them better. Certainly, a majority of the men and women that dabble in this profession would like to persue something besides prostitution, but of course prostitution is seen as immoral and the people that partake in this are peons and not worthy of any programs that will help them,

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    • Allie Ryan WINSTON SALEM, NC
      • about 2 years ago

      Protection is not incriminating

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    • jennifer cosme NEW YORK, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      THIS IS SICK NO WAY GIVING PEOPLE CONDOMS IS A CRIME .. NO IT IS NOT IT IS ACTUALLY A BLESSING . WE HAVE A PROBLEM WITH HIV AND STD"S . SEX EDUCATORS AND SOCIAL WORKERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO PASS THEM OUT WHY NOT/? COME ON NY YA TRYING TO CONTROL US AND MAKE US YOUR ROBOTS WHATS NEXT WE CANT SHOWER!

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    • june messina WALLKILL, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Condoms prevent pregancy, AIDS and hep. C & B. wake up America

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