Civil Rights Law Section 70-B
Unlawful interference with protected rights
1.A claim of unlawful interference with protected rights is established under this section. Such claim shall arise when a person demonstrates that they exercised or attempted to exercise, or facilitated or attempted to facilitate the exercise of a right protected under the constitution of the state of New York and/or protected or permitted by the laws of the state of New York, to obtain or provide the medical care described in subdivision six of this section, and such exercise, provision, facilitation, or attempt thereof results in litigation or criminal charges brought against that person in any court in the United States or its territories.
2.Such claim shall arise when any person or entity commences an action in any court, in the United States or any of its territories, in which the allegations against the person, whether civil or criminal, involve accessing, providing, facilitating, or attempting to access, provide, or facilitate the medical care described in subdivision six of this section.
3.In a claim for unlawful interference with protected rights under this section:
(a)compensatory damages, as well as costs and attorneys’ fees, including expert witness fees, shall be recoverable upon a demonstration of unlawful interference; and
(b)additional damages of up to three times the amount of compensatory damages shall be recoverable upon an additional demonstration that the action against the plaintiff was commenced or continued for the purpose of harassing, intimidating, punishing or otherwise maliciously inhibiting the exercise of rights protected in New York, including but not limited to the rights in subdivision six of this section.
4.Any action or proceeding brought pursuant to this section shall be commenced no later than six years after the date on which the violation of this section is committed.
5.Nothing in this section shall affect or preclude the right of any party to any recovery otherwise authorized by common law, or by statute, law or rule.
6.Rights specifically protected under this section shall include lawfully provided medical care including but not limited to reproductive and/or endocrine health care, and all medical, surgical, counseling or referral services relating to the human reproductive system, including but not limited to services relating to pregnancy, contraception, or the termination of a pregnancy.
7.An action under this section shall be brought in the Supreme Court of the state of New York.
Section 70-B — Unlawful interference with protected rights,
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/CVR/70-B (updated Mar. 10, 2023; accessed Nov. 25, 2023).