senate Bill S6879

2019-2020 Legislative Session

Relates to prohibiting virginity examinations

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Archive: Last Bill Status - In Senate Committee Women's Issues Committee


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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
Current Committee:
Senate Women's Issues
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
Versions Introduced in 2021-2022 Legislative Session:
S104, A5517

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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