senate Bill S5480

Amended

Requires health education to be taught in high schools regarding the abandoned infant protection program

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Bill Status


  • Introduced
  • In Committee
  • On Floor Calendar
    • Passed Senate
    • Passed Assembly
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed/Vetoed by Governor
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  • 25 / May / 2011
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 04 / Jan / 2012
    • REFERRED TO EDUCATION
  • 01 / Feb / 2012
    • AMEND AND RECOMMIT TO EDUCATION
  • 01 / Feb / 2012
    • PRINT NUMBER 5480A

Summary

Requires health education to be taught in high schools regarding the abandoned infant protection program; requires health teachers to be trained in pregnancy concealment.

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Bill Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8065
Versions:
S5480
S5480A
Legislative Cycle:
2011-2012
Current Committee:
Senate Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Add ยง805, Ed L

Sponsor Memo

BILL NUMBER:S5480

TITLE OF BILL:
An act
to amend the education law, in relation to health education regarding
the abandoned infant protection program

PURPOSE:
This legislation requires all schools to include instruction regarding
the abandoned infant protection program and information about
responsible parenting and the availability of confidential adoption
services as part of health education.

In addition, it requires all health teachers to receive training to
increase awareness of pregnancy concealment.

SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS:
The education law is amended to add a new section 805. Subsection one
requires schools to include instruction regarding the abandoned
infant protection program, information about responsible parenting
and the availability of confidential adoption services as part of the
health education curriculum.

Subsection two provides that such instruction shall be taught by the
regular classroom teachers or by teachers certified to teach health
education, and shall be designed according to the needs and abilities
of the pupils at successive grade levels.

Subsection three requires that all health teachers in New York receive
training to increase awareness of pregnancy concealment and to
identify students that may be concealing a pregnancy. Such training
shall be developed by the Department of Education in conjunction with
the Department of Health.

JUSTIFICATION:
Under current law, the Abandoned Infant Protection Act allows
individuals to safely abandon an infant not more than 30 days old
with an appropriate person or in a suitable location without the fear
of criminal prosecution. All fifty states have adopted some form of
this law.

Under New York's law, the Office of Children and Family Services is
charged with disseminating informational material about the Abandoned
Infant Protection Act to hospitals and clinics, and the public.

However, campaigns targeting hospitals and clinics may not reach those
women most at risk. Experts on neonaticide say that in many cases,
women who kill or unsafely abandon their infants do not seek medical
care during the pregnancy, and instead conceal the pregnancy and
deliver the infant at home.

In addition, the law's effectiveness is also diminished due to
insufficient financing of the public awareness campaigns. After the
law was first passed in 2000, the Office of Children and Family
Services developed public service announcements, but they stopped
being broadcast after a year. Outreach is essentially limited to the


distribution of pamphlets and brochures at hospitals, high schools
and public events.

In states such as Illinois, which have incorporated instruction on the
law into teenagers' health education curriculum, the number of
infants illegally abandoned and found dead has been decreasing in
tandem with such instruction.

Therefore, in order to increase the effectiveness of the Abandoned
Infant Protection Act and save lives, this bill will increase
awareness in a cost efficient manner by incorporating instruction on
the law into the school health curriculum.

PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY:
New bill.

FISCAL IMPLICATIONS:
Minimal.

EFFECTIVE DATE:
This act shall take effect July 1, 2010; provided, however, that
effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any
rule or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on
its effective date is authorized to be made and completed on or
before such date.

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                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                  5480

                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                              May 25, 2011
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen.  ADAMS  -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Education

AN ACT to amend the education  law,  in  relation  to  health  education
  regarding the abandoned infant protection program

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 805 to
read as follows:
  S 805. HEALTH EDUCATION  REGARDING  THE  ABANDONED  INFANT  PROTECTION
PROGRAM;  PREGNANCY  CONCEALMENT.  1.  ALL  SCHOOLS SHALL INCLUDE, AS AN
INTEGRAL PART OF HEALTH EDUCATION, INSTRUCTION REGARDING  THE  ABANDONED
INFANT   PROTECTION   PROGRAM   SET   FORTH  IN  SECTION  THREE  HUNDRED
SEVENTY-TWO-G OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES LAW AND SHALL  PROVIDE  INFORMATION
ABOUT   RESPONSIBLE  PARENTING  AND  THE  AVAILABILITY  OF  CONFIDENTIAL
ADOPTION SERVICES.
  2. INSTRUCTION REQUIRED BY SUBDIVISION ONE OF THIS  SECTION  SHALL  BE
INCLUDED IN THE HEALTH EDUCATION PROVIDED FOR ALL HIGH SCHOOL PUPILS AND
SHALL  BE TAUGHT BY THE REGULAR CLASSROOM TEACHERS OR BY TEACHERS CERTI-
FIED TO TEACH HEALTH  EDUCATION.  SUCH  INSTRUCTION  SHALL  BE  DESIGNED
ACCORDING  TO  THE NEEDS AND ABILITIES OF THE PUPILS AT SUCCESSIVE GRADE
LEVELS.
  3. ALL HEALTH  TEACHERS  IN  THIS  STATE  SHALL  RECEIVE  TRAINING  TO
INCREASE  AWARENESS  OF  PREGNANCY  CONCEALMENT AND TO IDENTIFY STUDENTS
THAT MAY BE CONCEALING A PREGNANCY. THE METHOD, MANNER  AND  CONTENT  OF
SUCH  TRAINING  SHALL BE DEVELOPED AND IMPLEMENTED BY THE DEPARTMENT, IN
CONJUNCTION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, AND SHALL INCLUDE INSTRUCTION
ON PROCEDURES THAT SHOULD BE FOLLOWED WHEN A STUDENT  IS  IDENTIFIED  AS
POTENTIALLY CONCEALING A PREGNANCY.
  S  2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2012; provided, however, that
effective immediately, the addition, amendment and/or repeal of any rule
or regulation necessary for the implementation of this act on its effec-
tive date is authorized to be made and completed on or before such date.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD11856-01-1

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