Bill Memos

Written Notice for False-Positive Prenatal Testing Results

Memorandum of Support

Re: S1159-A Skoufis
Requires a written notice on the occurrence of a false-positive result for any condition tested during a prenatal test

The above-referenced bill would require written notice be provided to pregnant women regarding the possibility of false-positive prenatal testing results. The New York State Catholic Conference wholeheartedly supports this legislation.

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Physician-Assisted Suicide

Memorandum of Opposition

Re:  A995-A Paulin/S2445-A Hoylman-Sigal
Relates to the medical aid in dying act

The above-referenced bill would add a new section of the Public Health Law to allow physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication for the express purpose of ending a patient’s life.

The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this bill for many reasons.


Gender-Affirming Care

Memorandum of Opposition

Re: A8627 Bronson/S8058 Hoylman-Sigal
Defines gender-affirming care for the purposes of certain prohibitions regarding the legal system and gender-affirming care

The above referenced legislation purports to make New York a “haven” for children to receive so-called “gender-affirming care” by prohibiting cooperation with states where such procedures are banned. The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this bill.

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Maternal Health Care and Birthing Standards Workgroup

Memorandum of Support

Re: S7702-A Webb
Requires the department of health to convene a maternal health care and birthing standards workgroup

The above-referenced bill would require that New York State convene a workgroup to study, evaluate and make recommendations related to the development of maternal health care and birthing standards to ensure that patients receive the highest quality of care. The New York State Catholic Conference supports this legislation.

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Coverage for Prenatal Vitamins

Memorandum of Support

Re: A3865-A Gunther / S1965-A Addabbo
In relation to coverage for prenatal vitamins 

The above-referenced bill would require certain health and casualty insurers to provide coverage for prenatal vitamins. The New York State Catholic Conference supports this legislation.

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Allowances for the Costs of Diapers

Memorandum of Support

Re: S1210 Persaud/A2872 Solages
In relation to allowances for the costs of diapers

The above-referenced bill would amend the Social Services Law to provide eligible parents with an allowance for the purchase of diapers for their infants and toddlers. The New York State Catholic Conference supports this legislation and urges its approval.

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Reproductive Freedom and Equity Grant Program

Memorandum of Opposition

Re: S348-C Cleare / A361-B Gonzalez-Rojas
Enacts the reproductive freedom and equity grant program

The above-referenced legislation would establish a grant program to provide funding to New York abortion providers and non-profit organizations to increase access to abortion. The New York State Catholic Conference strongly opposes this bill.

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Remote Ultrasounds and Fetal Non-Stress Tests

Memorandum of Support

Re: S7690 Webb / A8168 Paulin
Provides Medicaid coverage for remote ultrasound scans and remote fetal non-stress tests 

The above-referenced legislation would ensure that remote ultrasound scans and remote fetal non-stress tests are covered by Medicaid. The New York State Catholic Conference strongly supports this bill.

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Defining Human Embryo as “Tissue”

Memorandum of Opposition

Re: A117-A Paulin / S3230-A Hoylman-Sigal 
In relation to defining the human embryo as “tissue”

The above-referenced bill would add the “embryo” to the definition of human tissue under our Public Health Law. The New York State Catholic Conference opposes this legislation.

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Collection and Publication of Policy-Based Exclusions

Memorandum of Opposition

Re: S1003-A Hinchey / A733-A Rozic
Relates to providing information to patients and the public on policy-based exclusions

The above referenced bill would require the commissioner of health to collect from each healthcare facility a list of its policy-based exclusions and publish such information on the department’s website. The New York State Catholic Conference is opposed to this legislation.

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