New York Bill Regarding Crisis Pregnancy Centers (S 508)
This law was last updated on Jun 29, 2016
S 508 would amend New York public health law to require crisis pregnancy centers to disclose certain information to clients. Under the new law, CPCs would be required to disclose the following information:
- That the department and department of mental hygiene encourage women who are or who may be pregnant to consult with a licensed medical provider;
- If the CPC does not have a licensed medical provider on staff;
- If it does or does not provide referrals for abortion;
- If it does or does not provide referrals for emergency contraception; and
- If it does or does not provide referrals for prenatal care.
The disclosures would need to be offered in writing, in English and Spanish, on signs in the facility and in any advertisement promoting the facility. The disclosures would need to be offered orally, whether in person or by phone, upon a client or prospective client request for abortion, emergency contraception, or prenatal care services.
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 A 4055.