By CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a new law to help protect expectant mothers in New York State.

The Jonah Bichotte Cowan Law establishes requirements for treatment when a mother comes to a hospital with concerns about being in pre-term labor.

It’s named after the late son of Brooklyn Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte.

Bichotte says she lost her son after being turned away from a hospital in a high-risk situation.

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She says the law is a critical step towards reducing disparities in Black maternal and infant care.

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