Asm. Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan) is among the most determined pro-abortion voices in the New York State Legislature.
Last year, Asm. Glick sponsored Bill S.2264-Hoylman/A.2352-Glick, which would compel pro-life pregnancy centers to make certain disclosures to women who reach out to them for help. The Assemblymember is still pushing that bill in 2020, and she has another bill that would be just as destructive to pregnancy centers. Bill A.8212-Glick would authorize the New York State Department of Health to study and report on “the unmet health and resource needs facing pregnant women in New York” and the impact of limited services pregnancy centers on women’s timely access to “a comprehensive range of reproductive and sexual health care services.”
The bill would empower the Commissioner of Health to “request, and receive upon request, data and information” from limited service pregnancy centers relating to government funding sources; affiliations; client demographics; advertising; information provided; professional staff; medical records collected from clients; and whether clients “have experienced a delay in receiving health care, including abortion or the initiation of prenatal care, due to a visit to a limited service pregnancy center.”
The legislation calls for the creation of a nine-member temporary taskforce to assist the Department of Health in conducting the study. The taskforce would include a medical professional who performs abortions and “an individual with professional experience in the fields of reproductive rights, health and/or justice.” Members of the taskforce would be appointed by the Governor, the Temporary President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the Assembly; the Senate and Assembly Minority Leaders would be excluded from the process.
Rather than promoting women’s health, Bill A.8212-Glick would impose onerous data collection requirements upon pro-life pregnancy centers. At best, the bill is unnecessary. At worst, it is an effort to weaponize New York government to harass a set of charitable organizations based upon their beliefs. The bill should be rejected.