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A11150 Summary:

BILL NOA11150
 
SAME ASNo Same As
 
SPONSORGlick
 
COSPNSR
 
MLTSPNSR
 
 
Directs the consumer protection division to conduct a study on limited service pregnancy center entities and to provide a report with its findings, conclusions and recommendations to the governor and legislature.
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A11150 Actions:

BILL NOA11150
 
06/11/2018referred to health
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A11150 Memo:

NEW YORK STATE ASSEMBLY
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION
submitted in accordance with Assembly Rule III, Sec 1(f)
 
BILL NUMBER: A11150
 
SPONSOR: Rules (Glick)
  TITLE OF BILL: An act to direct the consumer protection division to conduct a study on limited service pregnancy center entities   PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF BILL: To conduct a study on limited service pregnancy center entities.   SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section one: Directs the consumer protection division to conduct a study on "limited service pregnancy centers" whose primary purpose is to provide pregnancy-related services and who advertise or solicit patro- nage based on offers to provide pregnancy tests, prenatal sonograms, and pregnancy option counseling that do not provide or refer for abortion, prenatal care or emergency contraception. Section two: This act shall take effect immediately EXISTING LAW: New Bill.   JUSTIFICATION: Limited service pregnancy centers, commonly referred to as "crisis preg- nancy centers" are deceptive clinics that do not provide comprehensive reproductive health care. Such clinics attract pregnant people by offer- ing free or low-cost services such as ultrasounds and counselling. At crisis pregnancy centers, pregnant people are misled, shamed, and pres- sured to not seek prenatal care or abortion services. Nationwide, crisis pregnancy centers vastly outnumber clinics that offer comprehen- sive reproductive health care services, but the true scope of their prevalence in New York is unknown. Due to the deceptive nature of their practices, the potential harm that they can cause, and the barriers that they introduce to the seeking and receiving of a full range of reproduc- tive health services, data needs to be collected statewide to ensure that the effects of such clinics on New Yorkers' reproductive health if fully understood.   PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: New Bill   FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: To be determined   EFFECTIVE DATE: This act shall take effect immediately.
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A11150 Text:



 
                STATE OF NEW YORK
        ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                          11150
 
                   IN ASSEMBLY
 
                                      June 11, 2018
                                       ___________
 
        Introduced  by  COMMITTEE  ON RULES -- (at request of M. of A. Glick) --
          read once and referred to the Committee on Health
 
        AN ACT to direct the consumer protection division to conduct a study  on
          limited service pregnancy center entities
 
          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. 1. The consumer protection division shall conduct  a  study
     2  on  "limited service pregnancy center" entities whose primary purpose is
     3  to provide pregnancy-related  services  and  who  advertise  or  solicit
     4  patronage  based on offers to provide pregnancy tests, prenatal sonogra-
     5  phy, and counseling about pregnancy options. Such limited service  preg-
     6  nancy  centers  shall  not  include  entities  that provide or refer for
     7  abortions, prenatal care or emergency contraception.
     8    2. Such study shall require the division to  collect  data  from  such
     9  entities and other relevant sources which shall include but shall not be
    10  limited to:
    11    (a)  What state funds, if any, are directly or indirectly allocated to
    12  limited service pregnancy  centers  in  the  state  and  the  names  and
    13  locations of such organizations receiving state funding.
    14    (b)  What  federal funds, if any, are directly or indirectly allocated
    15  to limited service pregnancy centers in the  state  and  the  names  and
    16  locations of such organizations receiving federal funding.
    17    (c)  Whether  the  limited  service pregnancy centers in the state are
    18  part of larger umbrella organizations that operate limited service preg-
    19  nancy centers across the country.
    20    (d) The number of women who access services at limited  service  preg-
    21  nancy  centers  and the geographic regions in which each woman accessing
    22  the services of limited service pregnancy center resides.
    23    (e) What services are provided by limited service pregnancy centers.
    24    (f) Whether limited service pregnancy centers hold themselves  out  to
    25  the  public, either in person, through community participation or events
    26  or through their advertising, websites or social media, as  entities  in
    27  which comprehensive, all-options pregnancy counseling is provided.
 
         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD16106-01-8

        A. 11150                            2
 
     1    (g)  Whether  misleading or medically or factually inaccurate informa-
     2  tion is given to people seeking services at  limited  service  pregnancy
     3  centers,  including but not limited to misinformation about: the alleged
     4  links between abortions and breast cancer, the effects  of  abortion  on
     5  future fertility and the effects of abortion on mental health.
     6    (h)  If  relevant,  whether limited service pregnancy centers disclose
     7  their religious affiliation.
     8    (i) Whether any limited service pregnancy center informs people  seek-
     9  ing  services  whether  or  not  it has any medical professionals on the
    10  premises or on its staff.
    11    (j) The number of state-certified medical professionals  on  staff  or
    12  providing regular volunteer medical services at limited service pregnan-
    13  cy centers.
    14    (k)  Whether  any  limited service pregnancy center informs its people
    15  seeking services that it does not provide  or  refer  for  comprehensive
    16  reproductive  health  care services, such as abortions, contraception or
    17  prenatal care.
    18    (l) Whether any limited service pregnancy centers are providing ultra-
    19  sound examinations, the medical licensure of the person  performing  and
    20  interpreting  the examinations if any, and how they disclose the results
    21  of the examinations to clients.
    22    (m) Whether limited service pregnancy centers collect information that
    23  would be considered confidential in a licensed medical  facility  forma-
    24  tion,  how  they handle medical records, and whether the medical records
    25  are in compliance with federal and state requirements governing  medical
    26  privacy.
    27    3.  The consumer protection division shall make a report to the gover-
    28  nor and the legislature of its findings, conclusions and recommendations
    29  no later than one year after the effective date of this  act  and  shall
    30  submit with this report such legislative proposals as it deems necessary
    31  to implement its recommendations.
    32    § 2. This act shall take effect immediately.
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