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).
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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.
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