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(INTRO 285-A)
Introduced: 2002
Passed City Council: February 26, 2003
Passed Mayor: March 18, 2003

Emergency contraceptives are high-dose birth control pills that, if taken within the first 72 hours after unprotected intercourse or rape, can reduce the chance of pregnancy. The legislation was the result of a council investigation that found that nearly half of all pharmacies in the city do not carry the emergency contraceptive drugs Preven or Plan B, which were both approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 1997. The councils legislation does not address the drug RU-486. This law requires city health clinics to carry these drugs.


How Councilmembers Voted :

39-Yes  5-No  2-Abstain  3-Absent

Name Party District Vote
Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.Democrat32Yes
Tony AvellaDemocrat19Yes
Maria BaezDemocrat14 Absent
Charles BarronDemocrat42Yes
Tracy L. BoylandDemocrat41Yes
Gale A. BrewerDemocrat6Yes
Yvette D. ClarkeDemocrat40Yes
Leroy G. Comrie, Jr.Democrat27Yes
James E. DavisDemocrat35Yes
Bill de BlasioDemocrat39Yes
Erik Martin DilanDemocrat37Yes
Simcha FelderDemocrat44 No
Lewis A. FidlerDemocrat46Yes
Helen D. FosterDemocrat16Yes
Dennis P. GallagherRepublican30 No
James F. GennaroDemocrat24Yes
Alan GersonDemocrat1 Abstain
Eric N. GioiaDemocrat26Yes
Sara M. GonzalezDemocrat38Yes
Robert JacksonDemocrat7Yes
Allan W. Jennings, Jr.Democrat28 No
Melinda R. KatzDemocrat29Yes
G. Oliver KoppellDemocrat11Yes
Andrew J. LanzaRepublican51 No
John C. LiuDemocrat20Yes
Margarita LopezDemocrat2Yes
Miguel Martinez10Yes
Michael E. McMahonDemocrat49Yes
Gifford MillerDemocrat5Yes
Hiram MonserrateDemocrat21Yes
Eva Moskowitz4Yes
Michael C. NelsonDemocrat48Yes
James S. OddoRepublican50 No
Bill PerkinsDemocrat9Yes
Madeline T. ProvenzanoDemocrat13Yes
Christine C. QuinnDemocrat3Yes
Domenic M. Recchia, Jr.Democrat47Yes
Philip ReedDemocrat8 Absent
Diana ReynaDemocrat34Yes
Joel RiveraDemocrat15Yes
James Sanders, Jr.Democrat31Yes
Larry B. SeabrookDemocrat12Yes
Helen SearsDemocrat25Yes
Jose M. SerranoDemocrat17Yes
Kendall StewartDemocrat45Yes
Peter F. Vallone, Jr.Democrat22 Abstain
Albert VannDemocrat36Yes
David I. WeprinDemocrat23 Absent
David YasskyDemocrat33Yes


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