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Petitioning State Representative Brian Curran and 44 others

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


9,034
Supporters

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.

Letter to
State Representative Brian Curran
State Senator John Flanagan
State Representative Luis Sepulveda
and 42 others
State Senator David Valesky
State Representative Nick Perry
State Representative Nily Rozic
State Representative Joseph Lentol
State Representative Sean Ryan
State Representative James Brennan
State Representative Charles Lavine
State Senator John Bonacic
State Senator John DeFrancisco
State Senator Lee Zeldin 3
State Representative Alfred Graf
State Representative Michael Montesano
State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer
State Representative James Tedisco
State Senator Velmanette Montgomery
State Representative Joseph Borelli
State Senator Andrew Lanza
State Senator Liz Krueger
State Representative Michael Fitzpatrick
State Senator Adriano Espaillat
State Representative Keith Wright
State Senator Terry Gipson
State Senator Bill Perkins
State Senator Toby Stavisky
State Senator Charles Fuschillo
State Senator Michael Nozzolio
State Senator Eric Adams
State Senator Daniel Squadron
State Senator Elizabeth Little
State Senator Simcha Felder
State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk
State Senator Kenneth LaValle
State Representative Helene Weinstein
State Representative Vivian Cook
State Representative Steven Cymbrowitz
State Senator Michael Gianaris
State Representative Michele Titus
State Representative Daniel O Donnell 2
State Representative Walter Mosley
State Representative Robin Schimminger
State Representative Stephen Katz
State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson
I urge you to vote YES on Assembly Bill A1008/Senate Bill S323. This bill would stop police and prosecutors from using possession of condoms as evidence that people intend to engage in prostitution. We should be encouraging as many people as possible to practice safer sex and this policy is likely to have the opposite effect. People -- 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.

Stopping the spread of disease, especially HIV/AIDS, should be our top priority, and this backwards policy puts all of us at risk.

No one should have to expose themselves to such risks because they are afraid carrying condoms could be used against them as evidence of prostitution – such fear can only lead to a public health crisis. Please vote YES on Assembly Bill A1008/Senate Bill S323