J973

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim October 2021, as Spina Bifida Awareness Month in the State of New York

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J973



Senate Resolution No. 973

BY: Senator RIVERA

MEMORIALIZING Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim
October 2021, as Spina Bifida Awareness Month in the
State of New York

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body to recognize
official months dedicated to raising awareness of serious conditions
impacting the lives of citizens of New York State; and

WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its
long-standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim October 2021, as Spina
Bifida Awareness Month in the State of New York, in conjunction with the
observance of National Spina Bifida Awareness Month; and

WHEREAS, Spina bifida, which occurs when the spinal column of the
baby fails to form or close properly in the first month of pregnancy
resulting in damage to the spinal column, is the most common permanently
disabling birth defect compatible with life in the United States; an
average of eight babies every day are born with spina bifida or a
similar defect of the brain and spine; and

WHEREAS, Spina bifida happens when the spinal column and brain, or
neural tube, is formed; the openings, or lesions, in the spinal column
end up causing damage in the spinal column and result in some degree of
paralysis; and

WHEREAS, There are many New Yorkers living with spina bifida for
whom health and support services are critical to their well-being and
improving their quality of life; and

WHEREAS, Children born with spina bifida have medical expenditures
that are 13 times higher than those of the average child without spina
bifida; adults with spina bifida have average medical expenditures that
are three to six times greater than those of adults without spina
bifida; and

WHEREAS, The average total lifetime cost to society for many infants
born with spina bifida may well exceed one million dollars; and

WHEREAS, Studies have shown that taking folic acid decreases the
risk for neural tube defects during pregnancy; and

WHEREAS, Folic acid education can help women of child-bearing age
understand the benefits of taking a daily multivitamin to reduce the
risk of neural tube defects; experts recommend all women of
child-bearing age in the United States consume 400 micrograms of folic
acid per day; and

WHEREAS, The prevalence of spina bifida among children from birth to
11 years of age declined by 1.4% annually from 1991 to 2002, with a
consistent reduction each year due to folic acid fortification of the
food supply; and

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize Spina
Bifida Awareness Month in the State of New York, to raise awareness
regarding the challenges of living with spina bifida; it is the hope
that this month of awareness will also remind all New Yorkers that
people with spina bifida are not defined by their condition, they are
people with careers, families, and children, just like so many people
without spina bifida; now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim October 2021, as Spina
Bifida Awareness Month in the State of New York; and be it further

RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be
transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of
New York, and the Spina Bifida Association of Northeastern New York.

actions

  • 25 / May / 2021
    • REFERRED TO FINANCE
  • 02 / Jun / 2021
    • REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • 02 / Jun / 2021
    • ADOPTED

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