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Urge the NYC MTA to add a Pregnancy and Family Representative to their Accessibility Board

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People interact with one another in public spaces in New York City more than anywhere else in the United States.

The majority of New Yorkers are using public transportation daily and ridership is breaking records, and the majority of people living in New York City are also women. And many of them are pregnant or parents. In fact, there is a birth in New York City every 4.4 minutes.

Pregnant women experience significant physical changes during pregnancy. These symptoms, even without more serious complications that many women experience, can make public transportation unsafe while standing, especially since the average commute for New Yorkers is just over 40 minutes.

That is why maternal and fetal health is a safety issue that needs to be addressed by the MTA.

As we’ve seen in the news, even when women are noticeably pregnant, they don’t always get the accommodations they need for a safe ride.

The first step toward systemic change is securing a Pregnancy and Family Representative on the MTA’s Accessibility Board. The MTA currently has 15 Accessibility Board members, representing elderly or disabled/differently-abled riders, or both.

It is imperative that more be done on a systemic level to protect the health and safety of pregnant women and families in public spaces through increased awareness and accommodations. Our main mode of transportation -- the subway system -- needs to be safe and accessible.

UP-STAND is advocating for these changes so that accessibility does not depend on individuals. But we need your help.

Join us by signing this petition and calling on the MTA to add a Pregnancy and Family Representative now.

Christine Serdjenian Yearwood
CEO & Founder, UP-STAND

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