Cuomo Vows to Enshrine Roe v. Wade into New York State Law
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he won't pass the state budget until the Roe V. Wade decision is placed into the New York State Constitution.
On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to codify the Supreme Court's decision on Roe v. Wade into New York State Law upon the passage of the Reproductive Health Act, decriminalizing women's access to abortions and protecting the doctors who perform them once and for all.
"In this tumultuous time, it is critical that we codify the Roe v. Wade decision into state law, and to take it a step further, we will fight to pass a constitutional amendment that writes into the Constitution a provision protecting a woman's right to protect her own reproductive health," Cuomo said. "We will pass it, put it on the ballot, we will write it into the Constitution and we will be able to say we have protected women's rights in a way no one has before."
Earlier on Monday, Cuomo rallied for the passage of the RHA, vowing to pass the bill within the first 30 days of the legislative session alongside former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and bill sponsors Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Deborah Glick.
Cuomo also said he will advance legislation supporting the Comprehensive Contraceptive Coverage Act, which would make regulations enacted by Governor Cuomo through Executive Order in 2018 permanent. This legislation would codify the requirement under the federal Affordable Care Act that health insurers much provide free contraceptive coverage in their policies into New York State law.
"Women across the country are facing an unprecedented attack on their healthcare and it is more important than ever to have a leader who is not afraid to stand up to Washington," Secretary to the Governor and Chair of the New York State Council on Women and Girls Melissa DeRosa said. "Governor Cuomo has done more to advance women's rights than any other in the nation and his plan to codify Roe v. Wade into New York State Constitution will help protect women's healthcare in this state once and for all, ensuring our basic rights are not chipped away at."
The Governor pledged to not pass the budget until both bills are passed.
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