Hospitals across the state must admit any woman in pre-term labor regardless of their insurance or ability to pay, according to a new law proposed by a Brooklyn legislator.

The Jonah Bichotte Cowan law bars hospitals from refusing to admit women who are in labor prematurely — a practice that Black women tend to experience, said the bill’s sponsor.

“I went to the top doctors, I went to a top medical hospital, and still I was treated awful,” said Rodneyse Bichotte, a Flatbush assemblywoman who lost her newborn baby in 2016 days after being denied pre-term labor care. “This bill hopefully will wake everybody up and really address the disparities in Black maternal care and Black infant care.”

Flatbush Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte introduced a bill requiring hospitals to admit women in premature labor inspired by her own devastating experience with her late son, Jonah Bichotte Cowan. Hospitals across the state must admit any woman in pre-term labor regardless of their insurance or ability to pay, according to […]

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