assembly Bill A6656

2011-2012 Legislative Session

Enacts the "family protection act"

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jun 05, 2012 held for consideration in health
Jan 04, 2012 referred to health
Mar 24, 2011 referred to health

A6656 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Health
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add Art 25 Title 1-C §§2515-e - 2515-m, Pub Health L; add Art 10-C §§1092 - 1095, Fam Ct Act
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A6242
2013-2014: A4706
2015-2016: A4771
2017-2018: A5637

A6656 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the "family protection act"; requires informed consent by emancipated minors or the parent or guardian of an unemancipated minor prior to obtaining an abortion; defines terms; prohibits coercion of a minor female by a parent, guardian or other person to have an abortion (view more) provides exemptions for emergency situations requiring an abortion; imposes penalties.

A6656 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2011-2012 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y

                             March 24, 2011

Introduced by M. of A. CURRAN -- read once and referred to the Committee
  on Health

AN  ACT  to  amend  the  public  health law and the family court act, in
  relation to enacting the "family protection act"


  Section  1.  This  act  shall be known and may be cited as the "family
protection act".
  S 2. Legislative intent. 1. The legislature finds and declares that:
  (a) it is the intent of this  legislature  by  enacting  this  act  to
further  the  important  and  compelling  state  interests of protecting
minors against their own immaturity, fostering the family structure  and
preserving  it as a viable social unit, protecting the rights of parents
to rear children who are members of their household, and protecting  the
health of minor children.
  (b)  immature  minors  often  lack  the ability to make fully-informed
choices that take account of both immediate and long-range  consequences
and  that  the  medical,  emotional  and  psychological  consequences of
abortion are serious and can be lasting, particularly when  the  patient
is immature. The capacity to become pregnant and the capacity for mature
judgment  concerning  the  wisdom  of  an  abortion  are not necessarily
related. Parents ordinarily possess information essential  to  a  physi-
cian's  exercise  of his best medical judgment concerning the child and,
further, parents who are aware that their  minor  daughter  has  had  an
abortion  may better ensure that she receives adequate medical attention
after her abortion.  The  legislature  concludes  then,  that,  parental
consultation is usually desirable and in the best interest of the minor.
  (c)  it is essential to the psychological and physical well-being of a
female considering an abortion that she receive  complete  and  accurate
information on her alternatives. The knowledgeable exercise of a woman's
decision  to  have an abortion depends on the extent to which the female

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