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Duty of clerk issuing marriage license
Domestic Relations (DOM) CHAPTER 14, ARTICLE 3
§ 13-d. Duty of clerk issuing marriage license. 1. It shall be the
duty of each town and each city clerk or duly authorized deputy acting
in the clerk's stead, upon the issuance of a marriage license to display
to the parties a typed or printed statement containing substantially the
same following information:

"Rubella, also known as 'German measles', is a common childhood
disease. It is usually not serious to children who contract it
themselves, but can be a tragic crippler of unborn babies if transmitted
to pregnant women.

Rubella infection poses a grave threat to the unborn child, especially
during the first four months of pregnancy. It can lead to miscarriage,
stillbirth, or one or all of the tragic defects such as deafness,
blindness, crippling congenital heart disease, developmental disability
and muscular and bone defects.

In order to be immune to rubella, one must either receive the rubella
vaccine or actually have had the disease. To see whether you are
susceptible to rubella, you can get a blood test from your doctor. Even
more important is the availability of a rubella vaccine which will
prevent you from ever contracting the disease.

In order to protect yourself, your family, and your friends, please
take steps to prevent the tragic effects of rubella. Please contact your
family doctor, health care provider, public health facility or clinic
for further information."

2. It shall also be the duty of each town and city clerk or duly
authorized deputy acting in the clerk's stead to provide to each
applicant for a marriage license information regarding the Thalassemia
Trait. The department of health shall prepare information, including but
not limited to, the blood disorder Thalassemia Trait and other inherited
conditions affecting the population of New York state.

3. No cause of action for damages shall arise in favor of any person
or person yet to be born by reason of any failure to comply with the
provisions of this section.