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City Lawmaker Makes Push For "Pregnancy Parking"

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A Brooklyn lawmaker wants to make it easier for pregnant women to park around the city.

City Councilman David Greenfield is pushing a bill that would grant free parking to pregnant women if their doctors say they have physical or mobility issues.

Under the proposal, pregnant women could get placards that would give them free parking in no parking or no standing zones until 30 days after their expected due dates.

Greenfield says the bill would make life a little easier for women with difficult pregnancies. However, critics argue the bill would just make the city's parking laws more complicated, and could lead to discrimination against expectant mothers.

"Women who feel they need it can apply and get the permit, women who don't, they won't apply and they won't get the permit. It's just in New York City, trying to be a little more courteous to pregnant women," Greenfield said.

Women interested in participating would first have to get the note from their doctor and send it to the Department of Mental Health which would then issue a placard.

"To me it just seemed like a common courtesy. You know, I get on the train...the woman walks on the train she is visibly pregnant, I stand up. So here at the City Council it is just an opportunity to standup and to provide them with a courtesy," Greenfield said.

Those who spoke with NY1 had mixed feelings on the proposal.

"You know what? God bless them, love them. Thanks mom for getting pregnant and everything. But you know you kind of take on some extra responsibility when you become pregnant and it might mean and it might mean an inconvenient parking space or something like that," said one New Yorker.

"I think it would be great especially in front of the location. Because if you are carrying anything extra there is always a chance something might happen. Especially in the wintertime. Might slip or something like that," said another.

Greenfield is hoping to introduce the bill this Tuesday.

Similar laws already exist in Georgia and Oklahoma.

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