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File #: Int 1748-2019    Version: * Name: Requiring the dept of health and mental hygiene to implement a public information and outreach campaign regarding medically unnecessary treatments or interventions in infants born with intersex traits.
Type: Introduction Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Health
On agenda: 10/17/2019
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of health and mental hygiene to implement a public information and outreach campaign regarding medically unnecessary treatments or interventions in infants born with intersex traits
Sponsors: Daniel Dromm
Council Member Sponsors: 1
Summary: This bill would require the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to create informational resources that may be distributed when an infant is born with intersex traits—that is, a person born with reproductive or sexual anatomy that does not fit the typical definitions of male or female. DOHMH would design the resources for parents and/or guardians as well as medical practitioners. The materials would specifically address important considerations when deciding whether medical intervention may be safely delayed until the infant is older and can voice thoughts about the procedure.
Attachments: 1. Summary of Int. No. 1748, 2. Int. No. 1748, 3. October 17, 2019 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 4. Hearing Transcript - Stated Meeting 10-17-19

Int. No. 1748

 

By Council Member Dromm

 

A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to requiring the department of health and mental hygiene to implement a public information and outreach campaign regarding medically unnecessary treatments or interventions in infants born with intersex traits

 

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

 

Section 1. Chapter 1 of title 17 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding a new section 17-199.12 to read as follows: 

§ 17-199.12. Public information campaign on medically unnecessary treatments on infants born with intersex traits. a. Definitions. For the purposes of this local law, the following terms have the following meanings:

Intersex. The term “intersex” means sex characteristics, including genitals, gonads, hormones and chromosome patterns, that do not conform with a binary construction of sex as either male or female.

Medically unnecessary. The term “medically unnecessary” means a treatment or intervention on the sex characteristics of an infant born with intersex traits that may be safely deferred until that individual can provide informed consent. For purposes of this local law, psychological factors do not constitute medical necessity for a treatment or intervention on the sex characteristics of an individual born with intersex traits. 

b. The department of health and mental hygiene shall implement a public information and outreach campaign designed to address the provision of medically unnecessary treatments and interventions performed on infants born with intersex traits. Such outreach shall at a minimum include (i) creating educational materials for parents and guardians of infants born with intersex traits; (ii) creating resources for medical practitioners; (iii) identifying outreach partners and opportunities; and (iv) distributing materials and resources.

§ 2. This local law takes effect immediately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LS #8826

9/11/19