STATE OF NEW YORK
2015-2016 Regular Sessions
March 20, 2015
Introduced by Sens. STEWART-COUSINS, BRESLIN, COMRIE, DILAN, GIANARIS,
HAMILTON, HASSELL-THOMPSON, KRUEGER, LATIMER, MONTGOMERY, PARKER,
PERALTA, PERKINS, RIVERA, SANDERS, SERRANO, SQUADRON, STAVISKY -- read
twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the
Committee on Health
AN ACT to amend the public health law, in relation to reproductive
The People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-bly, do enact as follows:
1 Section 1. Article 41 of the public health law is amended by adding a
2 new title 6-A to read as follows:
3 TITLE VI-A
4 REPRODUCTIVE SERVICES
5 Section 4166. Access to reproductive services.
6 § 4166. Access to reproductive services. The state shall not deny a
7 woman's right to obtain an abortion as established by the United States
8 Supreme Court in the decision Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S.113 (1973). Notwith-
9 standing any law to the contrary, New York protects a woman's right to
10 terminate a pregnancy within twenty-four weeks from commencement of her
11 pregnancy, or when necessary to protect a woman's life or health as
12 determined by a licensed physician.
13 Nothing in this section shall be construed to conflict with any appli-
14 cable state or federal law or regulation permitting a health care
15 provider to refrain from providing abortions due to the provider's reli-
16 gious or moral beliefs.
17 Nothing in this section shall conflict with the partial birth abortion
18 ban codified under 18 USC section 1531.
19 No prosecution or proceeding shall be brought or maintained under the
20 penal law or otherwise for acts that are authorized or permitted pursu-
21 ant to this section or by this chapter and the education law.
EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
 is old law to be omitted.
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1 Subdivisions two and three of section 125.05, subdivision two of
2 section 125.15, subdivision three of section 125.20 and sections 125.40,
3 125.45, 125.50, 125.55 and 125.60 of the penal law are hereby repealed
4 to the extent that they are inconsistent with this section.
5 § 2. This act shall take effect on the thirtieth day after it shall
6 have become a law.