Requires disclosure by crisis pregnancy centers to clients that such center will not provide abortion or birth control services, that such center is not a licensed medical provider, that pregnancy tests are self-administered and may be purchased over the counter and that such center is not a medical facility; such notice shall be conducted upon first communication or first contact with the client and shall be either in a written statement or oral communication by staff assisting.
STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
January 29, 2015
Introduced by M. of A. GLICK, JAFFEE, DINOWITZ, PEOPLES-STOKES, ROSEN-
THAL, TITUS, ABINANTI -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A. GALEF, GOTT-
FRIED, PERRY -- read once and referred to the Committee on Health
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to requiring disclo-
sure by crisis pregnancy centers
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding a new section
2 2507 to read as follows:
3 § 2507. Crisis pregnancy center; disclosure. 1. Any crisis pregnancy
4 center shall be required to disclose to a client that when inquiring
5 about pregnancy termination, abortion or birth control, such center will
6 not provide such services or make a referral for such services.
7 2. For purposes of this section "crisis pregnancy center" means an
8 organization whose primary purpose is to provide pregnancy counseling,
9 assistance and/or information, whether for a fee or as a free service,
10 but does not perform abortions or refer for abortions. "Crisis pregnancy
11 center" does not include licensed health care providers, hospitals,
12 family planning clinics that provide or refer for abortion and/or
13 contraception, or family planning clinics that receive federal Title X
15 3. The disclosure required by subdivision one of this section shall be
16 conducted upon first communication or first contact with the client or
17 potential client and shall be either in a written statement or oral
18 communication by staff assisting the potential client. Such disclosure
19 shall further be reasonably understandable to the client.
20 4. Any person who believes that a violation of this section has
21 occurred may file a complaint with the department. Within thirty days of
22 receiving such complaint, the department must investigate the complaint
23 and determine whether a violation has occurred.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
A. 4055 2
1 5. Any crisis pregnancy center violating the provisions of this
2 section shall be subject to a civil fine of not more than one hundred
3 dollars on the first violation and not more than two hundred fifty
4 dollars on the second and all subsequent violations.
5 § 2. This act shall take effect on the one hundred eightieth day after
6 it shall have become a law.