NYC Council passes bill to allow for striking deviant doctors from birth certificates

By Jillian Jorgensen

New Yorkers will be able to remove deviant doctors from their children’s birth certificates under a bill passed by the City Council Thursday.

The bill allows for the removal of the name of the attending doctor from a birth certificate if the doctor had his or her license suspended, revoked or surrendered due to misconduct.

It passed 47-0 after a public crusade led by Marissa Hoechstetter, who was sexually abused by Robert Hadden, the gynecologist who delivered her twins.

“This is an example of how one brave and relentless leader can actually move government," Councilman Mark Levine, who sponsored the bill, said of Hoechstetter.

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