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A00021 Summary:

COSPNSRGottfried, Lupardo, Heastie, Peoples-Stokes, Jaffee, Titus, Simotas, Rosenthal L, O'Donnell, Cahill, Solages, Abinanti, Arroyo, Barrett, Barron, Bichotte, Blake, Braunstein, Bronson, Buchwald, Carroll, Cook, Cymbrowitz, De La Rosa, DenDekker, Dilan, Dinowitz, D'Urso, Englebright, Fahy, Galef, Gantt, Hevesi, Hunter, Hyndman, Jean-Pierre, Jones, Kim, Lavine, Lifton, Magnarelli, Mosley, Nolan, Otis, Paulin, Perry, Pheffer Amato, Pichardo, Pretlow, Quart, Rodriguez, Rozic, Seawright, Simon, Steck, Stirpe, Thiele, Wallace, Weinstein, Weprin, Williams, Woerner, Wright, Niou, Ortiz, Fernandez, Griffin, Cruz, Frontus, Jacobson, McMahon, Raynor, Romeo, Reyes, Epstein, Fall, Taylor, Zebrowski, Richardson, Vanel, Dickens
Add Art 25-A 2599-aa, rpld 4164, Pub Health L; rpld 6811 sub 8, Ed L; rpld 125.40 - 125.60, 125.05 subs 2 & 3, 125.15 sub 2, 125.20 sub 3, amd Art 125 Art Head, 125.00 & 125.05, Pen L; amd 700.05, CP L; amd 673, County L; amd 4, Judy L
Enacts the reproductive health act; revises provisions of law relating to abortion.
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A00021 Memo:

submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the public health law, in relation to enacting the reproductive health act and revising existing provisions of law regarding abortion; to amend the penal law, the criminal procedure law, the county law and the judiciary law, in relation to abortion; to repeal certain provisions of the public health law relating to abortion; to repeal certain provisions of the education law relating to the sale of contraceptives; and to repeal certain provisions of the penal law relating to abortion   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: Relates to access to reproductive services.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 of the bill establishes the legislative intent. Section 2 of the bill creates a new Article 25-A of the Public Health Law (PHL), which includes section 2599-aa, Policy and Purpose, and section 2599-bb, Abortion, which states that an abortion may be performed by a licensed, certified, or authorized practitioner within 24 weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient's life or health. Section 3 of the bill repeals § 4164 of the Public Health Law. Section 4 of the bill repeals § 6811 of the Education Law. Section 5 of the bill repeals Penal Law SS 125.40, 125.45, 125.50, 120.55 and 125.60 and amends the article heading of Article 125. Section 6 of the bill amends Penal Law § 125.00. Section 7 of the bill amends Penal Law § 125.05. Section 7-a of the bill repeals subdivisions 2 and 3 of § 125.05 of the Penal Law. Section 8 of the bill repeals subdivision 2 of § 125.15 of the Penal Law. Section 9 of the bill repeals subdivisions 3 of § 125.20 of the Penal Law. Sections 10, 11, and 12 of the bill make conforming changes by removing references to the crime of abortion in the Criminal Procedure Law, the County Law, and the Judiciary Law. Section 13 of the bill creates a severability clause. Section 14 sets forth the effective date.   JUSTIFICATION: In 1970, New York legalized abortion in some circumstances, thereby recognizing that a woman has a fundamental right to make medical deci- sions about the course of a pregnancy. Three years later, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its landmark decision in (Roe v. Wade), 410 U.S. 113 (1973), holding that this fundamental right is protected by the United States Constitution. During the decades since (Roe v. Wade) was decided, there have been numerous court decisions clarifying the scope of the right to abortion but, unfortunately, New York's laws have remained outdated. Further- more, it is clear that some provisions of New York law are unconstitu- tional and have proved burdensome to women seeking to assert their constitutionally protected right to an abortion. This bill updates New York's abortion statutes to address constitutional flaws in our laws and recognize a woman's fundamental right to access safe, legal abortion.   LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: 2017: A.1748 of 2017-2018 (Glick) Passed Assembly in 2017 and 2018 S.2796 of 2017-2018 (Krueger, Stewart-Cousins) Defeated in Health   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None.   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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