senate Bill S6879

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to prohibiting virginity examinations

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Women Committee


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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 08, 2020 referred to women's issues
Nov 27, 2019 referred to rules

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S6879 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A8742
Law Section:
Public Health Law
Laws Affected:
Add §§230-f & 267-a, Pub Health L; amd §6509, Ed L; amd §§130.65 & 485.05, Pen L

S6879 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Prohibits licensed medical practitioners from performing or supervising virginity examinations and subjects any medical practitioner who does perform or supervise such performance to professional misconduct penalties as well as possible criminal charges.

S6879 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S6879 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf


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

                                  6879

                       2019-2020 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                            November 27, 2019
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sen. PERSAUD -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
  printed to be committed to the Committee on Rules

AN ACT to amend the public health law, the education law and  the  penal
  law, in relation to prohibiting virginity examinations

  THE  PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. The public health law is amended by adding two new sections
230-f and 267-a to read as follows:
  § 230-F. UNAUTHORIZED VIRGINITY EXAMINATIONS. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS
TITLE, PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT SHALL INCLUDE THE PERFORMANCE OF VIRGINI-
TY EXAMINATIONS OR SUPERVISING THE PERFORMANCE OF VIRGINITY EXAMINATIONS
IN VIOLATION OF SECTION TWO HUNDRED SIXTY-SEVEN-A OF THIS ARTICLE.
  § 267-A. PROHIBITION OF VIRGINITY EXAMINATIONS.  1.  FOR  PURPOSES  OF
THIS SECTION, THE FOLLOWING TERMS SHALL HAVE THE FOLLOWING MEANINGS:
  (A)  "VIRGINITY EXAMINATION" SHALL MEAN ANY PRACTICE OR PROCEDURE USED
TO DETERMINE WHETHER A FEMALE HAS PREVIOUSLY HAD SEXUAL INTERCOURSE.
  (B) "MEDICAL SETTING" SHALL MEAN ANY LOCATION WHERE  LICENSED  MEDICAL
PRACTITIONERS  ARE  AUTHORIZED  TO  PROVIDE  HEALTH CARE TO INDIVIDUALS,
INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO,  HOSPITALS,  LONG-TERM  CARE  FACILITIES,
PHYSICIAN'S OFFICES, URGENT-CARE CENTERS AND OUTPATIENT CLINICS.
  2. NO LICENSED MEDICAL PRACTITIONER SHALL PERFORM A VIRGINITY EXAMINA-
TION  OR  SUPERVISE  THE  PERFORMANCE  OF  A  VIRGINITY EXAMINATION ON A
PATIENT.
  3. (A) ANY LICENSED MEDICAL  PRACTITIONER  WHO  PERFORMS  A  VIRGINITY
EXAMINATION  IN  VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION SHALL BE SUBJECT TO PENALTIES
FOR PROFESSIONAL MISCONDUCT PURSUANT TO SUBARTICLE THREE OF ARTICLE  ONE
HUNDRED THIRTY OF THE EDUCATION LAW.
  (B)  ANY  LICENSED MEDICAL PRACTITIONER WHO PERFORMS OR SUPERVISES THE
PERFORMANCE OF A VIRGINITY EXAMINATION ON AN INDIVIDUAL IN A NON-MEDICAL
SETTING SHALL BE SUBJECT TO PENALTIES FOR  SEXUAL  ABUSE  IN  THE  FIRST

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                      [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                           LBD14190-02-9

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