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Petitioning Domenic M. Recchia, Jr and 43 others

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


1,547
Supporters

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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Letter to
Domenic M. Recchia, Jr
Annabel Palma
Helen Diane Foster
and 41 others
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
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.

City Council Member Jessica Lappin has introduced a resolution (Res 0710-2011) that would call on the New York State Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign the No Condoms as Evidence bill.

Please vote in favor of Lappin's resolution and pressure the state legislature to take action on this vital life-saving legislation.

Thanks,