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Legislative Memos

Jan
1
2002
Women’s Health and Wellness

Subject: A.30001 & S.6265 Women’s Health and Wellness Legislation Position: SUPPORT

Jan
1
2001
Emergency Contraception for Rape Survivors

Subject: A.15/ John et al. S.202/ Spano et al. AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to emergency treatment of rape survivors. Position: SUPPORT

Jan
1
2001
Women’s Health and Wellness

Subject: A. 2006/Glick et al. An Act to amend the insurance law and the public health law, in relation to certain health insurance coverage Position: Support

RRP Opposes "Monitored Birth" Bill Because It Is Overbroad, Violates Due Process (2005)

The so-called "Monitored Birth" Bill (S.3370), submitted by Senator Spano, would require the Office of Children and Family Services to notify all local hospitals anytime a person who had been adjudicated to have abused a child or resides with someone who has been so adjudicated and who is pregnant that the birth is to be "monitored." Briefly, we have identified three areas of concern about this bill: (1) the bill is overbroad; (2) the bill does not consider any concept of rehabilitation; and (3) the bill affords no due process to person subjected to "monitored birth" classification.

Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act

Subject: Governor’s Program Bill No. 16 S.5829 Committee on Rules AN ACT to amend the public health law in relation to the Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act. Position: SUPPORT The Reproductive Health and Privacy Protection Act I. Overview

Parental Involvement in Minors’ Abortion Decisions

Subject: A.2560/Reilich AN ACT to amend the public health law and the family court act, in relation to notice of abortions performed on unemancipated minors. A.3217/Barra, S.4431/Padavan AN ACT to amend the public health law and the family court act, in relation to enacting the "family protection act". Position: Opposed The proposed legislation would create a legal requirement that parents of an unemancipated minor must provide consent or must be informed before the minor can receive an abortion.

Healthy Teens Act

Subject: A.1806/ Gottfried et al. AN ACT to amend the public health law in relation to establishing the age-appropriate sex education grant program, to be referred to as the Healthy Teens Act. Position: SUPPORT This bill, the Healthy Teens Act, would award funding for school districts, boards of cooperative education services and community-based organizations to provide comprehensive sex education programs for young people. The NYCLU strongly supports this legislation.

Kendra's Law Bills to Curtail Individual Liberty Unconstitutional

Subject: A.8477 Speaker Silver (A.8477) and Governor Pataki seek to unconstitutionally expand the circumstance under which the State may compel persons with psychiatric disabilities to undergo treatment against his or her will or to participate involuntarily in mental health programs even if those individuals do not meet existing criteria for involuntary hospitalization and/or medication. Introduction

Emergency Contraception

Subject: A.627/ Paulin, et al. AN ACT to amend the education law, the insurance law and the public health law, in relation to providing for dispensing emergency contraception under certain conditions) Position: SUPPORT  This bill would allow licensed physicians, certified nurse practitioners and licensed midwives to write “non-patient specific” prescriptions for emergency contraception (“EC”), which could then be dispensed by licensed pharmacists and registered professional nurses.<

Involuntary Commitment

Subject: A.4697/Brennan et al. S.2091/Libous et al. AN ACT to amend the mental hygiene law, in relation to disqualification of an examining physician, and to repeal paragraph 3 of subdivision (a) of section 9.05 of such law relating thereto. Position: Opposed

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