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(Albany, NY) Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that New York State will stand firm to protect essential reproductive health care by enshrining safe, legal abortion in our state constitution. Citing our state’s long history of progressive action, Governor Cuomo made it clear that his administration would resist any federal attempts to erode our right to abortion care.

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

"We applaud Governor Andrew Cuomo leadership to protect our access to safe, legal abortion by enshrining this essential protection in our state constitution. New York led the nation on reproductive rights almost 50 years ago and faced with unrelenting threats from a federal administration, we will again. The threat to our health care is real and Governor Cuomo has made it clear that we will never turn back the clock. We look forward to working with the Governor, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Speaker Carl E. Heastie, to ensure New York continues to protect and advance access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care."

Governor Andrew Cuomo also supported other issues advocated by Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts including combating maternal mortality and ensuring access to contraception.