The New York State Clinic Access and Anti-Stalking Act of 1999 will take effect on December 1. The new law institutes penalties for those who stalk abortion providers or block clinic entrances. The state law departs from federal law in that it grants local police and prosecutors the power to file charges against offenders.
Under the new law, first-time clinic access offenses are punishable with up to one year in prison and repeat offenses could result in up to a four-year term. Those found guilty of stalking abortion providers could be sentenced to as much as seven years in prison.