URGENT New York Anti-Torture Legislation: Tell Your Senator to vote YES Today

The New York State Senate is expected to vote imminently on whether or not to pass a groundbreaking anti-torture bill, known as the Duane-Gottfried bill, which would prohibit health professional participation in torture.Call your Senator right now and urge them to vote for Senate Bill 4495.With your support, PHR has been working for years to stop torture by US forces. Especially important to us is ending the use of the healing professions to design, supervise, and implement a regime of abuse intended to break the bodies and minds of detainees.This bill is the first of its kind in the nation and will establish accountability for health professionals who engage in torture or ill treatment of detainees.Your advocacy has gotten the bill this far. Call your Senator today and make sure the bill is passed.It is easy. Call the New York Senate Switchboard at (518) 455-2800 and ask to be connected to your Senator. Find your Senator here. Then, follow this script:

Hi, my name is ___ and I am calling from (town), (state). I am calling to urge Senator ____ to vote for Senate Bill 4495. I support New York’s ground-breaking effort to prohibit health professional involvement in torture and believe this bill will be a model for all other states. I hope Senator ____ will vote yes on S4495 today.

If the bill passes, New York would be the model for all other states on ending health professional complicity in torture. Taking action will take 2 minutes, and could change history. The vote is happening very soon: call right now!P.S. Check out?today’s powerful New York Times editorial, which cites PHR’s latest report, Experiments in Torture, to make the case in support of the bill.?You can read the Senate and the State Assembly bills and see for yourself how they can help stop torture and hold perpetrators accountable. Call now and?tell 6 friends to do so as well.

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