Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, addresses the crowd at Family Planning Advocates of New York State Women's Health Matters: A Day of Action event after receiving the Champion of Choice Award on January 12, 2009.
State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D/WF – 35th District) applauded the Governor’s approval of Senate bill 3910, which allows patients greater choice and control over who can determine their status as an organ donor.
The New York State Senate passed the Family Health Care Decisions Act (FHCDA) today by a vote of 55-3, empowering family members and others close to the patient to make medical decisions for incapacitated patients.
Senators approved a bill this week that sets up a legal mechanism for designating a surrogate to act on an incapacitated person's behalf, legislation supporters say is long overdue and will reduce additional stress placed on friends and families during crises.
Passage of the bill is a "monumental achievement that should be celebrated by all New Yorkers," Gov. David Paterson said in a statement. He pledged to sign the legislation, which was previously approved by the Assembly.