Wednesday, November 16, 2011

NYS Signs the Certificate of Still Birth Law!

On September 23, 2011, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the New York Certificate of Still Birth law!

Thank you to all the families who helped pass this law.

Visit for information on how to apply for the new birth certificate for your child.

Monday, January 31, 2011

New Website for 2011

Visit our new website at

All information for the 2011 legislative session for the CBRS bill can be found there. Sample letters, "How to Help", forum, etc.

2011 is our year. Will you help us?

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Goodbye to our Assm Sponsor

Sad news. Our Assm bill sponsor, Janele Hyer-Spencer lost her re-election (our Senate bill sponsor, William Larkin, kept his position). We are forced to find another Assembly member to sponsor and fight for our bill. We wish Janele all the best and thank her for all of her hard work.

If elections resulted in a new legislator for you, write to them about the CBRS bill. Share your story. Ask them to be a co-sponsor.

More updates to follow....

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

2011 Legislative Session

The beginning of November will bring about many changes in Albany. Many Senate and Assembly members across NYS are fighting to be re-elected. 

Who are your representatives?

What is their position on the CBRS bill?

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

2010 Walks/Events to Remember....

Look for our CBRS bill sign up sheet at these events*

Bridgewater NJ*
Share Walk for Remembrance & Hope
September 25, 2010

Cheektowaga NY*
18th Annual Walk to Remember
October 10, 2010

East Meadow NY*
Winthrop Hospital
October 2, 2010

Farmingdale NY*
Guardian Angel Perinatal Support Group
October 1, 2010

Liverpool NY*
KJ's Angels
September 18, 2010

Liverpool NY*
Crouse Hospital
October 3, 2010

Manhasset NY
North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Hospital
October 3, 2010

Saratoga Springs NY*
Angel Names Association
October 16, 2010

Schenevus NY*
The Life Garden
October 2, 2010

Scotia NY
Joseph Michael Kolarcik Foundation
October 23, 2010

Stony Brook NY
Stony Brook Hospital
September 26, 2010

Suffern NY*
Good Samaritan Hospital
October 3, 2010

Did I miss an event?  Email me!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

No Win Today

Sorry to report that our bill did not make it out of committee today. Our bill sponsor, Assemblywoman Janele Hyer-Spencer, fought for all of us. There was a debate about definitions and the name of our bill. It was clearly a ploy to prevent our bill from passing this year.

We want to THANK everyone for all the emails and phone calls made. And all the times you asked your family and friends to help you (us). The bill has gone further than ever before and we now have some new information to use next year.

All the seats in the Assembly are up for election this November. If you are in Assm Janele Hyer-Spencer (D) 60th District - East Shore of Staten Island and Bay Ridge, Brooklyn - please consider voting for her. She believes in the bill and has fought harder and louder than any other legislator we have seen. We don't want to lose her or her amazing Legislative Director, Jessica.

Hope you will join us next year!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Help Needed ASAP

The CBRS bill is going to be heard by the Ways & Means Committee tomorrow (Thursday, July 1st).

We need emails sent to the following UNDECIDED members.  They want to hear from us and want to be persuaded by the facts (see a partial list below).

Copy & Paste into an email:,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Factual Reasons - Why there should be a CBRS

This bill was first introduced into NYS government in 2003. Nearly 13,000 New York State families have since buried their stillborn child.

1 in 100 births in New York State results in a stillbirth.

NYS Public Health Law §4160 recognizes a fetal death as both a birth and a death. It requires the burial or cremation of the stillborn fetus. To be consistent, then, NYS law should also acknowledge the birth of the fetus. The CBRS will accomplish this inconsistency.

Unborn Victims of Violence Act of 2004 provides legal rights for an unborn fetus post 20 weeks gestation without infringing upon abortion laws. With this law in place, there should not be any concern that A.4375 will infringe on abortion laws.

Costs to the state registrar and local registrars will be minor and offset by the certificate fee.

The terms "live birth" and "stillbirth" exists because both events are a birth.

A.4375 has been overwhelmingly approved by the Assembly Health committee. The Health committee has had regular dealings with the major opposition groups whose concerns have been alleviated.

In the past 9 years, 27 states have passed similar bills, granting parents the option of obtaining a Certificate of Birth Resulting in Stillbirth, without repercussions to existing right-to-choose laws.

The words "This certificate is not proof of a live birth" will appears on each certificate.

Send your email now!