senate Bill S3021

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Enacts the reproductive health care facilities access act

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Assembly Actions - Lowercase
Senate Actions - UPPERCASE
Jan 05, 2022 referred to codes
Jan 27, 2021 referred to codes


S3021 (ACTIVE) - Details

Current Committee:
Senate Codes
Law Section:
Penal Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §240.70, Pen L; amd §79-m, Civ Rts L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2017-2018: S7364
2019-2020: S1254
2023-2024: S5761

S3021 (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.

S3021 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S3021 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                        2021-2022 Regular Sessions
                             I N  S E N A T E
                             January 27, 2021
 Introduced by Sens. PARKER, MAYER -- read twice and ordered printed, and
   when printed to be committed 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".
   § 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.
   §  3.  Section 240.70 of the penal law, as added by chapter 635 of the
 laws of 1999, is amended to read as follows:
 § 240.70 Criminal interference with health care  services  or  religious
            worship in the second degree.
   1. A person is guilty of criminal interference with health services or
 religious worship in the second degree when:


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