assembly Bill A4771

2015-2016 Legislative Session

Enacts the "family protection act"

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 06, 2016 referred to health
Feb 06, 2015 referred to health



A4771 (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-D §§1097 - 1100, Fam Ct Act
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2009-2010: A6242
2011-2012: A6656
2013-2014: A4706
2017-2018: A5637

A4771 (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.

A4771 (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  A S S E M B L Y

                            February 6, 2015

Introduced  by  M. of A. CURRAN, FINCH -- Multi-Sponsored by -- M. of A.
  HAWLEY -- 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.