Tell the New York City Council: Stand Up for the Right to Carry Condoms!
  • Petitioned Albert Vann

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Albert Vann
Mathieu Eugene
Fernando Cabrera
Karen Koslowitz
James Vacca
Health Committee Chairperson
Maria Del Carmen Arroyo
Women's Issues Committee Member
Elizabeth Crowley
Mark Weprin
Women's Issues Committee Chairperson
Julissa Ferreras
Stephen Levin
Melissa Mark-Viverito
Joel Rivera
Ydanis Rodriguez
James Sanders Jr
Eric Ulrich
Daniel Dromm
Daniel J. Halloran
Peter Koo
Peter Vallone Jr
James Van Bramer
James Gennaro
Rosie Mendez
Women's Issues Committee Member
Margaret Chin
Women's Issues Committee Member
Charles Barron
Daniel R Garodnick
Gale A Brewer
Robert Jackson
Inez E Dickens
Oliver Koppell
Larry Seabrook
Helen Diane Foster
Annabel Palma
Leroy Comrie
Diana Reyna
Ruben Wills
Erik Martin Dilan
Christine Quinn
Lewis A. Fidler
Vincent J. Gentile
Sara M. González
Brad Lander
Darlene Mealy
James S. Oddo
Domenic M. Recchia, Jr

Tell the New York City Council: Stand Up for the Right to Carry Condoms!

    1. Petition by

      Urban Justice Center

Nobody should be afraid to practice safe sex. But in New York, possessing condoms has been used as evidence for arrest and prosecution for intent to commit prostitution.

Condoms are regularly confiscated by police, leading to higher risk for pregnancy, HIV, and STD’s among vulnerable populations. Sex workers fear arrest if they carry over a certain number of condoms.

This practice appears particularly ridiculous when you consider that New York City promotes condom use and distributes free condoms as part of public health initiatives.

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.

A bill currently in the state legislature would make it illegal to use condoms as evidence of intent to commit the crime of prostitution. The bill promotes public health by making sure everyone can carry condoms without worrying it could lead to arrest or conviction. Almost 5,000 people have already told New York State legislators to protect the right to carry condoms.

Now, City Council Member Jessica Lappin has introduced a resolution that would call on New York State to pass the No Condoms as Evidence bill.

Sign this petition to tell the New York City Council to pass Lappin's resolution and pressure the state legislature to take action on this vital-saving legislation.

Then, take further action by signing the petition directly to the New York State legislature calling for the passage of this bill.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,500 signatures
    2. NYC launched iPhone/Android app to find condom distribution locations ... while still letting possession of condoms be used as evidence for arrest? Wow.

    3. Reached 250 signatures
    4. Will the New York City Council Defend the Right to Carry Condoms?

      It may be one of the most absurd policies my home state has ever come up with: using carrying condoms as evidence for arrest and prosecution for intent to commit prostitution. It's simultaneously wildly offensive to individuals who opt to be prepared...


    Reasons for signing

    • Suzanna van der Voort MAASTRICHT, NETHERLANDS
      • over 3 years ago

      How ignorant and stupid are the people in New York City Council??!!! EVERY ADULT OR YOUNG ADULT should have condoms in their pockets, as a prevention and not as an invitation for FREE sex with everybody!

    • N. Turner SEATAC, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      If NY sincerely wanted to tackle the issue of prostitution,they would be better off targeting pimps and johns, not sex workers.

    • Holly Gunn GREENVILLE, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      Condoms are part of safer sex-not proof that someone is breaking the law!! Please end this archaic policy against New Yorkers who are stopping the spread of disease!! Thank you!

    • Lisa Hybner BURLINGTON, CT
      • over 3 years ago

      This wont at all reduce or increase the rape fact, it has nothing to do with it because how often do rapiests use condoms? But If we want to lower our statistics of STDs/HIV and pregancy, people should be allowed to carry condoms.

    • Dianna Mullen KEARNEY, NE
      • over 3 years ago

      Now you're criminalizing safe sex? How about criminalizing irresponsibly and deliberately passing AIDS, and other STDs? What the hell is the matter with you people?


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