July 16, 2021
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Increase Public Awareness of Serious Pregnancy-Related Health Condition

Governor Cuomo Signs Legislation to Increase Public Awareness of Serious Pregnancy-Related Health Condition

"Lian's Law" Authorizes Department of Health to Add Vital Information about Preeclampsia to Its Health Care and Wellness Education Program

Law Named for Lian Shalala Gravelle, Who Passed Away After Six Months of Giving Birth and Suffered from Preeclampsia-Related Complications

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.3475/A.6531) enacting "Lian's Law," authorizing the Department of Health to add information about preeclampsia - including detection, risk factors and possible options for treatments - to its health care and wellness education and outreach program. Preeclampsia is a serious medical condition caused by high blood pressure any time after the 20th week of pregnancy.  If left untreated, it can lead to organ damage, strokes or seizures, premature birth, and even death.  In many cases, preeclampsia can be detected early on or prevented altogether.

"This new law carries the legacy of Lian Shalala Gravelle and her deep commitment to her children and the health of new and expecting mothers and will help to provide critical information to those who may be at risk of preeclampsia," Governor Cuomo said. "This is a serious and sometimes life-threatening condition, but we know it can be prevented, and we want those who are vulnerable to it to have the tools they need to better care for themselves."  

The new law is named for Lian Shalala Gravelle, a resident of Greece, New York, who passed away six months after giving birth to her children, Charles and Enzo, from complications from preeclampsia. As a mother and attorney, Lian was a passionate advocate for reproductive and maternal health.

Senator Jeremy Cooney said, "Lian educated new mothers about dangerous maternal health conditions, such as preeclampsia. Although we tragically lost Lian, her spirit is embodied in this life-saving legislation. On behalf of Lian's twin boys, I want to thank the Governor for signing this bill into law and providing increased access to maternal health resources."

Assemblywoman Jessica González-Rojas said, "Lian Shalala Gravelle died from preeclampsia-related complications and her loss reminds us of how serious we must take maternal and reproductive health. People who give birth, particularly women of color, are vulnerable to various health issues as they attempt to raise families. Preeclampsia causes premature births and can cause other health issues for pregnant people so we must make education and outreach a priority. We're doing this in honor of Lian and her family. I thank Senator Cooney for asking me to sponsor this legislation with him and am committed to doing more for the health of our communities."

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