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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
2002
Crimes of Violence Against a Fetus

Subject: S. 57-B/A.6681-A AN ACT to amend the penal law, in relation to unborn victims of violence. Position: OPPOSED This bill has as its principal intent and effect the redefinition of the fetus, at any stage of gestation, as a person. With this new definition in place, the bill then creates a number of new criminal offenses for crimes committed against the fetus – including murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and vehicular manslaughter.

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

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

Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act

Subject: A.5710 / Gottfried S.2406 / Duane AN ACT to amend the executive law, the civil rights law and the education law, in relation to prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity or expression; and to amend the penal law and the criminal procedure law, in relation to including offenses regarding gender identity or expression within the list of offenses subject to treatment as hate crimes) Position: SUPPORT

Reproductive Health Act

Subject: Governor’s Program Bill No. S. Stewart-Cousins / A. Glick AN ACT to amend the public health law in relation to enacting the reproductive health act 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.

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