New York Bill Regarding Crisis Pregnancy Centers (A 4055)
This law was last updated on Jun 29, 2016
A 4055 would require crisis pregnancy centers to disclose to clients inquiring about pregnancy termination, abortion or birth control, that they do not provide, or make referrals, for such services.
The disclosure would need to be conducted upon first communication or first contact with the client or potential client and should either be in a written statement or oral communication by staff.
Any CPC that violates this provision would be subject to a civil fine of up $100 for the first violation and up to $250 for each subsequent violation.
A CPC is considered to be an organization whose primary purpose is to provide pregnancy counseling, assistance and/or information, whether for a fee or as a free service, but does not perform abortions or refer for abortion.
This bill would have curbed the deceptive practices of CPCs and require them to be honest about the types of services and counseling that they provide.
CPCs have come under increased scrutiny over the last several years, as investigations have revealed that centers across the country have provided inaccurate information and neglected to follow proper medical protocols. (Source.)
Similar to S 508.