senate Bill S7860

2021-2022 Legislative Session

Provides for dispensing emergency contraception under certain conditions

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Jan 12, 2022 referred to higher education


S7860 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
Current Committee:
Senate Higher Education
Law Section:
Education Law
Laws Affected:
Amd §§6527, 6807, 6909 & 6951, add §6833, Ed L; amd §§3216, 3221 & 4304, Ins L; amd §207, Pub Health L
Versions Introduced in Other Legislative Sessions:
2015-2016: A6954
2017-2018: A2674
2019-2020: A2808
2023-2024: S1855, A2732

S7860 (ACTIVE) - Summary

Provides for dispensing emergency contraception under certain conditions; defines emergency contraception.

S7860 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

S7860 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
                             I N  S E N A T E
                             January 12, 2022
 Introduced  by  Sen. HINCHEY -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
   printed to be committed to the Committee on Higher Education
 AN ACT to amend the education law, the  insurance  law  and  the  public
   health  law, in relation to providing for dispensing emergency contra-
   ception under certain conditions
   Section  1.  Short  title. This act shall be known and may be cited as
 the "unintended pregnancy prevention act".
   § 2. Legislative findings. The United States Food  and  Drug  Adminis-
 tration  (FDA) has declared emergency contraceptive drugs to be safe and
 effective. There is neither medical  nor  public  health  research  that
 validates  an age restriction on access to emergency contraception (EC).
 Furthermore, no specific medical conditions preclude a woman from  using
 EC. The only contraindication to EC use is pregnancy itself, not because
 it  represents  a  danger  to  the woman or to the embryo but because it
 would be inefficient in preventing the pregnancy. Pregnancy  prevention,
 not abortion, is caused by the use of emergency contraceptive drugs.
   The legislature deems it necessary to guarantee immediate access to EC
 to  all,  especially young women. Nearly thirty percent of United States
 teenage girls become pregnant before reaching twenty years of age. Teens
 are more likely than adults to experience contraceptive  failure,  which
 may  lead  to  unintended pregnancies and consequently dangerous medical
 issues for both mother and baby.
   The legislature deems it necessary to create a structure for simplify-
 ing access to EC for these women, while respecting  and  preserving  the
 prescribing  scope  of practice for physicians, nurse practitioners, and
 midwives; the treating and case-finding scope of practice of  registered
 professional  nurses;  and  the  dispensing scope of practice of pharma-
 cists. This act does not alter the scope of such professions,  nor  does
 this  legislation  interfere with non-prescription access to EC where it
 is otherwise lawful.
   § 3. Subdivision 6 of section 6527 of the education law, as  added  by
 chapter 573 of the laws of 1999, paragraph (c) as amended by chapter 464
 of  the  laws of 2015, paragraph (d) as added by chapter 429 of the laws
 of 2005, paragraph (e) as added by chapter 352  of  the  laws  of  2014,
 paragraph  (f) as added by section 6 of part V of chapter 57 of the laws


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