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All 31 Members of the New York State Democratic Conference Join Governor Cuomo in Standing up for Abortion Access

Albany, NY - Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts thanks the New York State Senate Democratic Conference and Governor Andrew Cuomo for standing up for our access to safe and legal abortion by urging passage of the Reproductive Health Act. 

Statement from Robin Chappelle Golston, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts:

"For years we have been pushing for state law to protect women’s reproductive rights. Failing to stand up for safe and legal abortion in New York State means failing New York State women. There is no alternative for comprehensive reproductive health care. We are facing a Supreme Court nominee selected by Trump who has vowed to overturn Roe v. Wade, and a federal government currently trying to dismantle our nation's oldest family planning program, Title X.  It's time to vote for our health care by passing the Reproductive Health Care Act. New Yorkers refuse to backtrack on our health care and rights, and we will resist any attempt to dismantle our constitutionally protected rights. 


Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts is a non-profit, statewide organization dedicated to protecting and expanding access to a full range of reproductive health care services. It represents New York’s Planned Parenthood affiliates and works to protect and expand access to reproductive health care for all New Yorkers.


All 31 Members of the New York State Democratic Conference Pledge to Vote to Codify Roe v. Wade Into Law

With 31 Votes Locked, New York State Only Needs 1 Vote to Protect Reproductive Rights in New York

Gov. Cuomo and Democratic Conference to Senate Republicans: Where Do You Stand?

Gov. Cuomo and Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins in Joint Op-Ed: "Every New Yorker has a right to know where each member of the State Legislature stands when it comes to protecting a woman's right to control her own reproductive health decisions."

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and all 31 members of the Senate Democratic Conference led by Andrea Stewart-Cousins today called on Senate Republicans to return to Albany to vote to codify Roe v. Wade into State law and show New Yorkers where they stand. Following Governor Cuomo's and Democratic Leader Stewart-Cousins's joint Op-Ed calling for a vote, the unified Senate Democratic Conference has pledged to provide 31 votes and only need one Republican to vote to codify Roe v. Wade into State law.

The Senate Republicans have repeatedly blocked efforts to update New York's nearly 50-year old abortion laws to ensure that women in New York maintain their rights under Roe v. Wade despite any potential action by the Supreme Court. The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, creating a conservative majority on the Court, has heightened the risk of Roe v. Wade being overturned.

"Roe v. Wade is under attack in Washington and could be overturned. With 31 votes secured in the Senate, only 1 vote is needed to ensure that no matter what happens at the federal level, the protections offered by Roe v. Wade are secure in the State of New York. The Republicans in the State Senate owe it to their constituents to allow a vote and tell the people of this State where they stand when it comes to woman's reproductive health rights," Governor Cuomo said. "Senate Republicans, where do you stand?"

"New Yorkers overwhelmingly support women's reproductive health care options and it is troubling that the Senate Republican Majority is so hostile to these rights that they won't even agree to codify Roe v.Wade." Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. "With the extremism coming out of Washington, New Yorkers, especially women, deserve to have their reproductive health rights protected. It is time to end the misinformation and the rhetoric - they either support Roe v. Wade or they don't."

Senate Democratic Deputy Leader Jeff Klein said, "Women's rights are under attack and the State Senate Republicans are sitting idly by. With a conservative majority on the Supreme Court and women's rights under threat, New York needs to step up and lead. I am proud to stand with my Democratic colleagues and Governor Cuomo in demanding the Senate Republicans drop their opposition to codifying the Roe v. Wade decision into New York State law. We need to step up and ensure women's health care protections aren't stripped away."

Chair of the Senate Democratic Conference Senator Michael Gianaris said, "Codifying Roe v. Wade will ensure women can plan their families and make the medical decisions right for them. I am proud to support this proposal to provide women with the freedom to make their own health choices."

Reproductive Health Act Sponsor, Senator Liz Kruegersaid, "The time for excuses and deflection is over. The nomination of yet another extremist to the Supreme Court means it's not a question of if but when Roe v. Wade will be overturned. The vast majority of New Yorkers agree that the complex and deeply personal decision of whether to have an abortion should be made by a woman and her doctor - not the government. Now more than ever we need New York laws to protect New York families. The Senate Republicans must return to Albany and give the Reproductive Health Act a vote."

Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. said, "In NY, we have respected women's health choices even before those provided by the Roe v Wade decision. That's why, almost 50 years later, we cannot allow rights to be taken away from New York's women."

Senator Marisol Alcantara said, "Now more than ever we must ring the alarm to protect women's reproductive rights. Trump's Supreme Court Justice appointee is set to try to overturn Roe v. Wade, which will be devastating to women. I call on the Senate Republican Conference to agree to return to Albany and bring forward a vote on the Reproductive Health Act. New York State has to demonstrate leadership and show that it protects women regardless of the actions of our Federal Government. Let's get back up to Albany and do the people's work."

Senator Tony Avella said, "We have the ability to make sure that women's health rights under Roe v.Wade are protected in New York State and we must act. Codifying Roe v. Wade will make sure that we do not allow Trump and his allies to turn back women's rights. I strongly urge the Senate Republicans to do the right thing and join us in this effort."

Senator Jamaal Bailey said, "In light of the events that unfolded in the previous days regarding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, I believe it is essential for legislation to be passed reflecting the decision of Roe v. Wade. I call on my Republican colleagues in the Senate to ensure that the proper laws are codified into the New York State Legislature, to guarantee the rights and protections of women."

Senator Brian A. Benjamin said, "45 years ago, Roe v. Wade made access to reproductive healthcare the law of the land. That access is threatened by Trump's anti-woman, anti-labor, and anti-healthcare nominee to the Supreme Court. If the Court reverses Roe v. Wade, the question of abortion legality will be returned to the states, many of which, including New York, lack protections," said State Senator Brian A. Benjamin. "To defend the bodily autonomy of women in New York, the state legislature must codify Roe v. Wade and be a leader on this critical issue. Every woman deserves the right to make her own decisions about her body in consultation with her doctor."

Senator Neil Breslin said, "It is far past time for New York State to ensure the rights provided by Roe v.Wade are cemented in New York State law. Women across New York State deserve to have their reproductive health rights protected no matter what happens in Washington. It is time for the Senate Republican's to stop blocking these efforts."

Senator David Carlucci said, "The Senate must take immediate action to uphold Roe v. Wade, ensuring every woman can make their own medical choices during pregnancy. Women's rights are under attack by President Trump and reproductive health rights need to be protected in New York."

Senator John Brooks said, "The overwhelming majority of New Yorkers support women's rights and health care protections, and I urge the Senate Republicans to stop blocking the Reproductive Health Act and the Comprehensive Contraception Coverage Act. New York women deserve real leadership and support from their state government, and that will not happen as long as the Senate Republicans block progress and allow rights to be stripped away. It is time to put the people first and end the party politics that have been the bane of Albany this past year."

Senator Leroy Comrie said, "With the resignation of Justice Kennedy, the need for swift action at the state level to protect women's reproductive rights has never been more urgent. New Yorkers need to know that their rights are guarded against the reckless actions of our president. My colleagues in the Democratic Conference and I stand ready to codify Roe and ensure that New Yorkers will continue to have access to safe, legal abortion services."

Senator Martin Malavé Dilan said, "We are obligated in this state to protect women from any attack upon their Constitutional rights. If they can't be free to have control over their own bodies and make their own decisions in accordance with the law and their wishes in Washington's eyes, then they will be in New York. This is the sad reality of our nation at the moment. We are seeing the separation of church and state and the right to self-determination being undermined, and it's all to appease an extremist minority. New York State must again stand up, as it has for centuries, and say, 'not here.'"

Senator Jesse Hamilton said, "Legislators and Supreme Court justices should not second-guess women's decisions on their reproductive health. Instead, we should support women's individual freedom to make these judgments for themselves. Patients need a doctor's consultation, not a consult with the legislature or a consult with the courts. We must ensure women are fully empowered to make their own decisions for their health and well-being. That is why we must act to codify Roe v. Wade in New York State law and to protect the rights of New Yorkers."

Senator Brad Hoylman said, "Trump's anti-choice nominee Brett Kavanagh for the Supreme Court is a call to action for the State Senate to return to Albany and pass Senator Krueger's Reproductive Health Act. The dignity, health and well-being of New York women hangs in the balance."

Senator Todd Kaminsky said, "Women across Long Island rely on the constitutional freedoms provided by Roe v. Wade. We cannot roll back decades of progress and subject women's health to the shadows, as had been the case. We as a state need to stand up for a woman's right to choose and the time to do so is now."

Senator Brian Kavanagh said, "Roe v. Wade is the law of the land and women have an undeniable right to make medical decisions about their bodies. Senate Republicans are wrong to insist that our laws continue to include unconstitutional restrictions on that right in the hope that their party will succeed in appointing justices that will overturn nearly half a century of Supreme Court precedent. I voted for the Reproductive Health Act as an Assemblymember, and today I join Democratic Leader Stewart-Cousins and our colleagues in demanding — as we have previously this session — that Republicans bring this critical legislation up for a vote this year."

Senator Tim Kennedy said, "It is important that New York State guarantees the protections under Roe v. Wade no matter what happens in Washington. Women in this state deserve to have their reproductive health rights guaranteed. I am proud to stand up for women's rights and health care protections, and I urge the Senate Republicans to codify the Roe v. Wade decision into State law immediately."

Senator Shelley Mayer said, "Now is the time for the Senate to return to Albany and pass the Reproductive Health Act which codifies Roe v. Wade into New York State's Public Health Law. In 1970, New York was the first state in the country to pass a law to protect a woman's right to choose. That bill was passed with a Republican Governor and a Republican controlled State Senate and Assembly. Today, women's access to reproductive health is too precarious for us not to take action. The women of New York expect more. They expect us to protect their rights when they are under assault by the federal government. We must come together to protect women's authority over personal healthcare decisions in New York State."

Senator Velmanette Montgomery said, "Access to healthcare, especially women's reproductive health is being undermined by our own federal government every day. We need to protect women's right to choose and pass the Reproductive Health Act in New York State. We have to move on this issue now."

Senator Kevin Parker said, "Women are under attack by Donald Trump, and our state government needs to step up and protect their rights. I am proud to stand with Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, my Democratic colleagues, and Governor Cuomo in urging the Senate Republicans to codify Roe v. Wade decision into State law. That is the only way we can ensure that women in New York State are not harmed by the looming anti-choice Supreme Court."

Senator Jose Peralta said, "The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is a clear attempt to repeal Roe v. Wade and restrict women's rights. Here in New York, we must step up to the plate and codify the landmark ruling to protect a woman's right to choose and to have access to affordable and safe contraception. It is vital that we pass the proposed bill to ensure we do just that. I urge the Republicans to have a vote on the bill to keep protecting a woman's right to choose."

Senator Roxanne Persaud said, "Women in New York are particularly vulnerable to a Supreme Court packed with anti-abortion ideologues. The Senate majority consistently block my Democratic colleagues' efforts to bring our laws in line with federal rules like Roe v. Wade and modern medical practices, despite New Yorkers' overwhelming support for a full range of reproductive health care, including abortion. In 2018 the Senate again failed to pass basic birth control protection through the Boss Bill because Republicans refused to allow a vote. New Yorkers deserve basic health care."

Senator Gustavo Rivera said, "With the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, it is critical that New York State codifies Roe v. Wade and finally protects a woman's right to make her own health care choices. I call on my Republican colleagues to stop playing political games with a woman's right to choose and join us in passing the Reproductive Health Act once for all. It is simply unacceptable that in a state that calls itself progressive, women continue to struggle when it comes to making personal decisions about their reproductive health."

Senator James Sanders Jr. said, "I stand with my Conference Members in urging our Republican colleagues to codify Roe vs. Wade and pass the Reproductive Health Act to protect women's reproductive rights. We must have safeguards in place against a conservative Supreme Court if it were to overturn Roe v. Wade, especially since President Trump recently nominated conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court."

Senator Diane Savino said, "Following this week's nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court it is clear that we need to pass the Reproductive Health Act in New York now more than ever. We cannot allow the federal government to put women's reproductive health rights at risk. Voters need to know where their senators stand on this issue. It's time to return to Albany and get this done."

Senator José M. Serrano said, "As the federal government threatens to attack Roe v. Wade, it is now more important than ever that we take action to protect a woman's right to reproductive health options. I call for my colleagues across the aisle to return to Albany so that we can ensure that all New Yorkers have access to the health services and support they need."

Senator Luis Sepulveda said, "With a conservative-leaning U.S. Supreme Court in danger of overturning Roe vs. Wade, this codification to also make it state law would not only continue to protect and guarantee the rights of women in our state no matter what the high court decides, but would also create a legal quandary for conservative justices who lean to states' rights over federal rights. Let's get this done."

Senator Toby Ann Stavisky said, "When we voted for the Women's Equality Agenda we only approved nine of the ten proposals. The Senate Republicans deliberately omitted the codification of Roe v. Wade and at the time we warned that a Republican president could appoint Justices who support reversing it. That prediction has come true. Now I fear a return to the old days of back room, botched, illegal abortions. Women's health and lives are at stake. All we want is to allow women to determine what happens to their own bodies."

Senator David J. Valesky said, "I've always supported a woman's right to choose, and now it's more important than ever to continue to protect that right and to codify Roe v. Wade."


Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts is a non-profit, statewide organization dedicated to protecting and expanding access to a full range of reproductive health care services. It represents New York’s Planned Parenthood affiliates and works to protect and expand access to reproductive health care for all New Yorkers.