Senate Bill S1855

2023-2024 Legislative Session

Provides for dispensing emergency contraception under certain conditions

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Current Bill Status - In Senate Committee Higher Education Committee


  • Introduced
    • In Committee Assembly
    • In Committee Senate
    • On Floor Calendar Assembly
    • On Floor Calendar Senate
    • Passed Assembly
    • Passed Senate
  • Delivered to Governor
  • Signed By Governor

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2023-S1855 (ACTIVE) - Details

See Assembly Version of this Bill:
A2732
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 2023-2024 Legislative Session:
S1855, A2732

2023-S1855 (ACTIVE) - Summary

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

2023-S1855 (ACTIVE) - Sponsor Memo

2023-S1855 (ACTIVE) - Bill Text download pdf

                             
                     S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
 ________________________________________________________________________
 
                                   1855
 
                        2023-2024 Regular Sessions
 
                             I N  S E N A T E
 
                             January 17, 2023
                                ___________
 
 Introduced by Sens. HINCHEY, CLEARE, SEPULVEDA -- 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

   THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
 BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:
 
   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
 
  EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                       [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                            LBD05231-01-3
              

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