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


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

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