assembly Bill A1188

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Enacts the reproductive health care facilities access act

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2014 referred to codes
Jan 09, 2013 referred to codes


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A1188 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Assembly Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §240.70, Pen L; amd §79-m, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2011-2012: A10788
2015-2016: A182
2017-2018: A276
2019-2020: A804
2021-2022: A3902
2023-2024: A4596

A1188 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Enacts the reproductive health care facilities access act; provides that the crime of criminal interference with health care services or religious worship shall be established by the mens rea of knowingly injuring, intimidating or interfering with a person obtaining or providing or assisting in obtaining or providing reproductive health services; includes in the definition of such crime engaging in a course of conduct or repeatedly committing acts within twenty-five feet of the premises of a reproductive health care facility; defines such premises (view more) provides for a civil cause of action for any person harmed by conduct constituting such a crime.

A1188 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                          I N  A S S E M B L Y


                             January 9, 2013

Introduced  by  M. of A. ABINANTI, PAULIN, MAYER, GALEF, PRETLOW -- read
  once and referred to the Committee on Codes

AN ACT to amend the penal law and the civil rights law, in  relation  to
  enacting the reproductive health care facilities access act


  Section 1. This act shall be known and may be cited as the  "reproduc-
tive health care facilities access act".
  S  2.  Legislative  intent.  The  legislature  finds that the right to
obtain reproductive health  services  is  an  essential  personal  right
protected  by  state  and  federal  law. Equally, the right to peaceably
protest and express one's views is protected by state and  federal  law.
Such actions include, but are not limited to, the right to speak, march,
demonstrate,  or  engage in other activity protected by the First Amend-
  The legislature finds that current law  does  not  adequately  protect
reproductive  health  care  facilities  and  those  who  work in or seek
services from such facilities. Therefore, the legislature has determined
that it is appropriate for the protection of the public  health,  safety
and  welfare,  to enact legislation to prohibit interference with access
to reproductive health care services, so that  persons  harmed  by  such
conduct  can seek redress in the courts and the state can obtain injunc-
tive relief and damages. Furthermore,  the  legislature  has  determined
that it is appropriate to enact this legislation to: ensure public safe-
ty  and  order; protect freedom to receive reproductive health services;
advance medical privacy and the well-being of patients seeking reproduc-
tive health care services at facilities; and safeguard private property.
  S 3. Section 240.70 of the penal law, as added by chapter 635  of  the
laws of 1999, is amended to read as follows:

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