Senate Bill S5183

Signed By Governor
2015-2016 Legislative Session

Updates the breastfeeding mother's bill of rights

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Archive: Last Bill Status Via A7202 - Signed by Governor

  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2015-S5183 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §2505-a, Pub Health L

2015-S5183 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Updates the breastfeeding mothers' bill of rights.

2015-S5183 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2015-S5183 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

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


                       2015-2016 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               May 6, 2015

Introduced  by  Sen.  HANNON -- 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 the  breastfeeding
  mother's bill of rights


  Section 1. Subdivision 3 of section 2505-a of the public  health  law,
as  added  by  chapter  292  of  the laws of 2009, is amended to read as
  3. The statement of rights shall consist of the following:
                 "Breastfeeding Mothers' Bill of Rights"
  Choosing the way you will feed your new baby is one of  the  important
decisions  you will make in preparing for your infant's arrival. Doctors
agree that for most women breastfeeding is the safest and  most  healthy
choice.  It  is  your right to be informed about the benefits of breast-
feeding and have your health care  provider  and  maternal  health  care
facility encourage and support breastfeeding. You have the right to make
your own choice about breastfeeding. Whether you choose to breastfeed or
not  you have the following basic rights regardless of your race, creed,
national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or  expression,  or
source  of payment for your health care. Maternal health care facilities
have a responsibility to ensure that you understand these  rights.  They
must provide this information clearly for you and must provide an inter-
preter  if  necessary.  These  rights may only be limited in cases where
your health or the health of your  baby  requires  it.  If  any  of  the
following  things  are  not  medically  right  for you or your baby, you
should be fully informed of the facts and be consulted.
(1) Before You Deliver, if  you  attend  prenatal  childbirth  education
classes  provided  by the maternal health care facility and all hospital
clinics and diagnostic and treatment centers providing prenatal services
in accordance with article 28 of the public health law you must  receive

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


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