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Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo vowed to sue if the Supreme Court acts to roll back Roe v. Wade.

VIDEO of the Governor's remarks is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) format here.

A rush transcript of the Governor's remarks is below:

Governor Cuomo: For years, what the Republicans in the Senate have said, "well, we don't need New York law because we have Roe v. Wade and nobody's crazy enough to try to roll back Roe v. Wade." Yeah, accept the man they nominated for President of the United States who wound up winning the election. But that was always the answer, you don't need a New York law. We have Roe v. Wade. Well now we know we're not guaranteed Roe v. Wade. And the New York law, my friends does not currently go as far as Roe v. Wade. Roe v. Wade has the protections that we now rely on in New York. We never passed the New York State law because we relied on Roe v. Wade and everyone assumed it would always be there and because the Republicans wouldn't pass it, using that as an excuse.

We now need to codify Roe v. Wade, which will actually increase the protections in New York. God forbid they do what they intend to do. I want to get it done before the Supreme Court does that because I don't want any gaps in a woman's right to protection and we have a better legal case when the Supreme Court acts because I will sue when the Supreme Court acts and I want the New York State law in place.


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For Immediate Release: 7/11/2018
GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO



DUTCHESS & ULSTER COUNTY LEADERS JOIN GOVERNOR CUOMO IN CALLING FOR THE SENATE TO RECONVENE AND CODIFY ROE V. WADE INTO NEW YORK STATE LAW

Rally Builds on the Governor's Actions to Require Health Insurers to Cover Emergency Contraception, Over the Counter and 12 Months of Contraception Without Cost-Sharing

View the Governor's Executive Order to Protect Reproductive Rights Here


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was joined today by leaders from Dutchess and Ulster counties at a rally in Poughkeepsie to fight to protect women's reproductive rights. State and local leaders called on the Senate to return to Albany to codify Roe v. Wade into New York State Law. The rally follows the federal government's decision Monday night to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The Governor vowed to take action to defend New York's progressive values against the extreme conservative agenda of the Trump Administration, including the fight to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade into state law. New actions were also announced by the Governor on Monday to protect reproductive rights in anticipation of this Supreme Court Justice nomination.

"The extreme conservatives in Washington threaten the rights of men and women across this country and New York is standing up against the unconscionable decisions this administration continues to make in order to protect the values this state was built on," Governor Cuomo said. "The political games need to end - Senate Republicans must reconvene to pass this law before the Supreme Court rolls back the progress this nation has made. We will not tolerate any gaps in a woman's right to choose and we will not stop fighting until we codify Roe v. Wade into New York State law."

"I lost my seat in Congress over my steadfast support of the Affordable Care Act and the contraception mandate, and I know how critically important it is to protect these rights at the state level," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "That is why I stand with the Governor and the women of this great state in fighting back to ensure protections and safety for women when it comes to their reproductive health. Given all that is happening in Washington, these actions will protect women's reproductive rights. As President of the State Senate, I'm also calling on Senate Republican leadership to protect the women of this state and pass the Reproductive Health Act and codify Roe v. Wade. No one should tell us what to do with our bodies. Not now, not ever."

The following Dutchess and Ulster county leaders joined the Governor today in calling on the State Senate to reconvene and codify Roe v. Wade into state law:
Assembly Member Didi Barrett
Ulster County Executive Mike Hein
Dutchess County Comptroller Robin Lois
Red Hook Supervisor Robert McKeon
New Paltz Mayor Tim Rogers
New Paltz Supervisor Neil Bettez
Marlborugh Supervisor Al Lanzetta

For years, Governor Cuomo has pushed to codify the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision and subsequent rulings into state law to secure women's access to reproductive health options. The Governor is again calling for the passage of legislation to protect the right of women to make personal health care decisions and to ensure that health care professionals can provide these crucial services without fear of criminal penalty. The Assembly has passed legislation to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade for the last six years, including during the 2018 Legislative Session.

Additionally, through regulations by the Department of Financial Services and Department of Health, as directed by the Governor on Monday, New York State will ensure an insurer must cover over the counter emergency contraception in addition to all other contraceptive drugs, devices or other products for women approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration and, as well as the dispensing of 12 months of contraceptive at one time, all without co-insurance, co-pays or deductibles. The Executive Order signed by the Governor on Monday, in addition to today's rally, builds on Governor Cuomo's 2018 Women's Agenda: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity.

The updated DFS regulation mandates that health insurers:
Expand coverage requirements for contraceptive drugs, devices or other products for women approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration. Require coverage for emergency contraception with no cost sharing when acquired in any lawful manner including on an over the counter basis from an out of network pharmacy;
Permit a woman to fill 12 months of a prescribed contraceptive at one time, removing the previously required three-month trial period;
Cover voluntary sterilization procedures for women and over-the-counter contraceptives without cost-sharing; and
Do not place restrictions or delays on contraceptive coverage not otherwise authorized under the regulation. This provision would prohibit quantity limits and other such restrictions.

The regulation codifies guidance issued in January 2017 regarding information that must be provided in formularies regarding contraceptives, including noting which contraceptives are covered without cost-sharing. Insurers will be required to publish an easily accessible, up-to-date, accurate and complete list of all covered contraceptive drugs, devices and other products on their formulary drug lists, including any tiering structure and any restrictions on the manner in which a drug may be obtained.

The accompanying DOH regulations permit a woman insured through Medicaid to fill 12 months of a prescribed contraceptive at one time, whereas previously, the limit was three months.

A copy of the proposed regulations can be found here.

Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, "Women's rights are under attack. Another Trump-appointed Justice will guarantee an ultra-conservative Court that is even more hostile to women's health care protections. This will have dire consequences if we don't act because New York decriminalized abortion before the Roe v. Wade decision. The women of New York State are looking to us to protect their hard-won rights, and we must not fail them."

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, "The administration in Washington is preparing yet another assault on women's reproductive rights with the nomination of an ultra-conservative Supreme Court justice. Earlier this year, and in countless previous legislative sessions, the New York State Assembly passed legislation to codify Roe v. Wade. Year after year, our Republican colleagues in the Senate neglect to pass this legislation, insisting there is no threat to Roe v. Wade. Their inaction has shamefully put women's reproductive health care in jeopardy. It's time to codify Roe v. Wade. No more excuses."

Robin Chappelle Golston, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, said, "The Trump Administration is committed to ensuring that millions of women across America lose essential access to the health care they absolutely require. We are facing an unprecedented attack on our health care, and rights by a federal government determined to replace evidence-based medically accurate public policy with politically driven ideology. Governor Cuomo is standing up today to remind the nation that New York won't go backwards; we won't sit back quietly as our rights evaporate and we will resist this dismantling of our constitutionally protected rights."

New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman said, "Armed with a Supreme Court vacancy, the Trump regime is poised to pack the court in an effort to undo Roe v. Wade and curtail abortion to an extent not seen since 1973. New York can no longer put off fixing our state's broken abortion law. The Reproductive Health Act would take abortion out of the criminal code so that New York can be a safe-haven where women and their health are valued and protected. That means codifying Roe and ensuring access to the information and services women — including pregnant women — need to protect their health."

Andrea Miller, President of the National Institute for Reproductive Health said, "Governor Cuomo's executive order today proves that, regardless of what happens at the federal level, states have tremendous power to shape their own state laws and can act now to protect women from the full-blown assault on their reproductive health and rights. The best defense against a hostile Supreme Court and Trump-Pence Administration is a strong state-level offense. States around the country should take note of this action - and Governor Cuomo's previous regulations - and help lead the movement for reproductive freedom from the ground up."

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For Immediate Release: 7/11/2018
GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO



VIDEO, AUDIO & RUSH TRANSCRIPT: DUTCHESS & ULSTER COUNTY LEADERS JOIN GOVERNOR CUOMO IN CALLING FOR THE SENATE TO RECONVENE AND CODIFY ROE V. WADE INTO NEW YORK STATE LAW

Rally Builds on the Governor's Actions to Require Health Insurers to Cover Emergency Contraception, Over the Counter and 12 Months of Contraception Without Cost-Sharing

View the Governor's Executive Order to Protect Reproductive Rights Here


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was joined today by leaders from Dutchess and Ulster counties at a rally in Poughkeepsie to fight to protect women's reproductive rights. State and local leaders called on the Senate to return to Albany to codify Roe v. Wade into New York State Law. The rally follows the federal government's decision Monday night to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The Governor vowed to take action to defend New York's progressive values against the extreme conservative agenda of the Trump Administration, including the fight to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade into state law. New actions were also announced by the Governor on Monday to protect reproductive rights in anticipation of this Supreme Court Justice nomination.

VIDEO of the Governor's remarks is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) format here.

AUDIO of the Governor's remarks is available here.

PHOTOS of the event will be available on the Governor's Flickr page.

A rush transcript of the Governor's remarks is below:

Governor Cuomo: Thank you. Thank you very much. Thank you. it is good to feel the energy in this room because we're going to need it. Are we ready to stand up and fight back? That's right. First to Kristen Dart, let's give her a round of applause. Planned Parenthood has been a phenomenal organization for many, many years, carrying the banner, fighting the fight. And today my friends, the fight is on in a way it has never been before. Literally in the lifetime of many people in this room, so let's give Planned Parenthood a big round of applause.

To Assemblywoman Didi Barrett, who is a great assemblywoman and she was a great advocate for women and civil rights before she was in the assembly, we thank her. And to all my colleagues from the administration and local officials, it's good to be with you and all the advocates on this important issue. These my friends are times that are as serious and challenging as we have faced. And they are actually dangerous times. The past year and a half or so, I've been in a constant state of shock. Every day it's like, I can't believe this is happening. And then you go to sleep and you wake up the next day and you say, I can't believe this is happening. And it's been a constant series of assaults on everything we believe, and I was almost under the delusion, well these are just a series of random acts that are happening by this absurd federal administration. And then after the nomination of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, I was watching the talking heads on TV cable news - not my brother's show. My brother's show is a very smart, intelligent dialogue with probative analysis. It's a different show from my brother's show. Phew, that was a close one. Would have been a bad Thanksgiving dinner. And one of the conservatives who was explaining the President's choice on Kavanaugh and was sort of boastful about it, basically said you know, the American people have to wake up. Elections have consequences and this nation elected a pro-life President and that's what this court is going to represent.

And something clicked for me. These are not a series of random episodes. This is a deliberate pattern following a very powerful philosophy that is in place in Washington. We elected an extreme conservative agenda that is now methodically implementing an extreme conservative agenda all across this country. And they're not a random series of events. They're all connected. There's a method to the madness. It might be madness, but there's a method to is also. And it is a shock to my system, it's a shock to New York's system because it's totally repugnant to everything we believe, everything we live, everything we have done, everything I have known all my life. This is antithetical, but it is who they are and what they believe and what they intend to do and the mandate they believe they have been given by the American people. And they are all connected.

An extreme conservative—a reporter said to me, I don't understand why you call them extreme conservatives. I said, two reasons: they're extreme and they're conservative. Extreme conservative because look, you have conservative views, God bless you. Extreme conservative, you want to impose those views on me. That's different. And that's why they're extreme conservatives. They have their view of the world. They believe this lifestyle is right and this sexuality is right and this view of American immigrant is right and this view of religion and the Bible is right. Fine, but then they're going to take their view and impose it on the country. First, that's the greatest act of hypocrisy for a conservative because the conservatives were all about limited government and individual rights and state rights and small government, right? That was the conservative philosophy. Not this brand of extreme conservative. They have their view and they're going to legislate it and they're going to mandate it and that's what they've been doing. They don't believe in the LGBTQ community lifestyle, they don't believe in it, so they treat the LGBTQ community like second class citizens. One of the first acts, transgender people should be discharged from the military regardless of merit, regardless of service. Why? Because they're LGBTQ, period.

They have their view of who should be in this country and who should not be in this country, and they are anti-immigration. Which is another act of hypocrisy right? Because unless you're a member of a Native American tribe, we're all immigrants. That is their philosophy. And they were very clear about it. The President started by saying I want a wall at the border and I want to stop people from coming in. he didn't get his wall so what did they do? They went to this zero-tolerance policy. April 7, where you come over the border we're going to arrest you and what did that trigger? Under the existing federal law, which they knew very well, when you put the parents in the detention center you must separate the children by federal decree. So they had to separate the children. And they knew that was going to happen. And they sent the children all across the country and now they can't even reunite the children. It was either the greatest act of government incompetence, or it was a scheme that would make Machiavelli blush. Maybe this is their way of deterring people from crossing the border. And they're saying to people if you cross the border we're going to separate you from your children. And maybe it makes you think twice. That's their view that they are trying to impose on this country and they're trying to impose on the Congress.

154 gun massacres. They still won't pass any reasonable gun control because they are pro-gun and they are pro-NRA and they don't want to compromise. They've shown disrespect for women from the beginning of this administration. You have the whole #MeToo movement, thousands of women coming forward and showing strength and the silence from Washington was deafening. New York we did the exact opposite, we just passed thanks to my colleagues in the Legislature the most powerful anti-sexual harassment legislation in the nation, exists in the State of New York. They are against raising the minimum wage, we just raised the minimum wage to $15 because we believe working families need help. They've never been on the side of the middle class. That's why they passed the tax reform that gave 80 percent of the benefit to the top 1 percent, and we cut taxes on the middle class to the lowest level since 1947. What they believe we don't believe. And they are pro-life. And they will roll back Roe v. Wade.

1973, 1973 - think about it. You're right. Stand up, fight back. Stand up, fight back. Now think about this, they want to roll the law back to before 1973. They're going to go through this charade in Washington now where they're going to say, prove that Judge Kavanaugh said he would roll back Roe v. Wade and that'll be the charade through the hearings. But it's a charade. Like what they did at the border, it was a charade. They knew exactly what they were doing with the separation of children. They know exactly what they're doing with the nomination of Judge Kavanagh. He is going to roll back Roe v. Wade. That's why they nominated him. And, if I were at the hearings, the first witness I would call would be President Trump. And I would put President Trump at the table and say, did you say 57 times you're only going to nominate a pro-life judge? And of course he did. And that's what he said and that's what he said, and that's what Justice Kavanaugh would do on the Supreme Court. That's clear. They said they were going to do it and they're going to do it.

Now, we're still in a state of shock because, how can that be? How can you roll back the law prior to 1973? You think you're really going to take away a woman's right to choose? Their answer would be yes. Yes, they think Roe v. Wade was a bad decision. They disagree with it. Protestors are outside today. I understand their point of view. I'm a Roman Catholic, former altar boy - I get the teachings. I understand it. But I also get the law and I also understand the other side of the argument, but that is where they are going. It's that frightening. This is not a political movement. You better take this deadly seriously because they are dead serious.

You have a whole generation of women who just grew up assuming this was their right. They can't even conceive that this is a question of debate. Someone is going to tell them what to do with their body? They can't even conceive of it, you know? My daughters' generation. They were born in the 90s. We're talking about a case from 1973. And I said to them, well where do you think this protection is? They said, well it must be in the constitution? No, no, no, it's not. They just assumed it like they assumed they have a right to vote. They're mindset, they grew up in a world where they assume equality, right? And this is such a foreign concept. It is not in the Constitution, it is not in the Bible, it's not a divine right. It was guaranteed in Roe v. Wade and they intend to roll back Roe v. Wade and we will go back to pre-1973 and the horrors of pre-1973. And that's who they are and that's what they believe and that's what they're trying to do.

What do we do in New York? Do I have any role in this speech? Is there any reason you need me here? Now I'm going to change the answer, just to teach you. We have to stand up and fight back. Now, how do we stand up and fight back? We do two things. First—okay we do three things. First, first, I'm going to sign an Executive Order that has been my authority to guarantee a woman's right to contraception. I don't care what an insurance company says or the bureaucracy says. Women are going to have contraception. Second, second, I want the New York State Senate to come back to Albany—today, tomorrow, the next day and pass a New York law codifying Roe v. Wade in the State of New York before that Supreme Court acts.

Now, this is very simple. For years, Didi will tell you, Carrie will tell you, for years, what the Republicans in the Senate have said, well, we don't need New York law because we have Roe v. Wade and nobody's crazy enough to try to roll back Roe v. Wade. Yeah, accept the man they nominated for President of the United States who wound up winning the election. But that was always the answer, you don't need a New York law, we have Roe v. Wade. Well now we know we're not guaranteed Roe v. Wade. And the New York law, my friends, does not currently go as far as Roe v. Wade. Roe v. Wade has the protections that we now rely on in New York. we never passed the New York State law because we relied on Roe v. Wade and everyone assumed it would always be there and because the Republicans wouldn't pass it using that as an excuse. We now need to codify Roe v. Wade which will actually increase the protections in New York, God forbid they do what they intend to do. I want to get it done before the Supreme Court does that because I don't want any gaps in a woman's right to protection and we have a better legal case when the Supreme Court acts because I will sue when the Supreme Court acts and I want the New York State law in place.

Also the Republicans in the Senate have had it both ways for too long. They will tell Planned Parenthood individually when we're in their office and the door's closed, "Oh I'm pro-choice and when the bill comes to the floor I will vote for it because I'm pro-choice." There are a number of Republican senators who have been saying that for years. We've been having that conversation every year when we try to get the bill passed. And everyone has a different vote count and I'll say, "Well John Smith I have as a no and somebody will see it but John Smith told me privately next to a closet behind a curtain when it was just us that he would be pro-choice."

Those games are over. There's no time for political games. This is a binary choice. You are either pro-choice or you are not and this is how we're going to know. Forget all the political games - when the bill comes to the floor, if it comes to the floor, then they don't let it come to the floor. Either you come back to Albany and you pass Roe v. Wade for New York, you just need two lines in the bill. New York State codifies Roe v. Wade. Either you come back and do that or you are anti-choice and you are against women's rights. Period. Period. No discussion. No discussion. No when, if, but, how. I want to see two lines. Codify Roe v. Wade in New York State law. Go back to Albany and pass the bill. If you do not, there's no discussion. You are against a woman's right to choose.

And then point three. Elections have consequences. Let's learn that lesson because we learned it the hard way and yes it was unimaginable that you could elect an administration that would make this dramatic a change in this nation and have such pain and such revulsion in such a short period of time. Look at what they have done. Elections have consequences. Well, these elections upcoming have consequences too. And if you do not support a woman's right to choose, we're going to quote President Trump. You're fired. Period. Thank you and God bless you.

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For Immediate Release: 7/11/2018
GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO



SUFFOLK COUNTY LEADERS JOIN GOVERNOR CUOMO IN CALLING FOR THE SENATE TO RECONVENE AND CODIFY ROE V. WADE INTO NEW YORK STATE LAW

Rally Builds on the Governor's Actions to Require Health Insurers to Cover Emergency Contraception, Over the Counter and 12 Months of Contraception Without Cost-Sharing

View the Governor's Executive Order to Protect Reproductive Rights Here


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was joined today by Suffolk County leaders at a rally in Farmingdale to fight to protect women's reproductive rights. State and local leaders called on the Senate to return to Albany to codify Roe v. Wade into New York State Law. The rally follows the federal government's decision Monday night to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The Governor vowed to take action to defend New York's progressive values against the extreme conservative agenda of the Trump Administration, including the fight to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade into state law. New actions were also announced by the Governor on Monday to protect reproductive rights in anticipation of this Supreme Court Justice nomination.

"The extreme conservatives in Washington threaten the rights of men and women across this country and New York is standing up against the unconscionable decisions this administration continues to make in order to protect the values this state was built on," Governor Cuomo said. "The political games need to end - Senate Republicans must reconvene to pass this law before the Supreme Court rolls back the progress this nation has made. We will not tolerate any gaps in a woman's right to choose and we will not stop fighting until we codify Roe v. Wade into New York State law."

"I lost my seat in Congress over my steadfast support of the Affordable Care Act and the contraception mandate, and I know how critically important it is to protect these rights at the state level," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who attended today's event. "That is why I stand with the Governor and the women of this great state in fighting back to ensure protections and safety for women when it comes to their reproductive health. Given all that is happening in Washington, these actions will protect women's reproductive rights. As President of the State Senate, I'm also calling on Senate Republican leadership to protect the women of this state and pass the Reproductive Health Act and codify Roe v. Wade. No one should tell us what to do with our bodies. Not now, not ever."

The following Suffolk County leaders joined the Governor today in calling on the State Senate to reconvene and codify Roe v. Wade into state law:
Senator John Brooks
Assembly Member Tony D'Urso
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone
Babylon Town Supervisor Rich Schaffer
Suffolk County Legislator Tom Donnelly
Brookhaven Council Member Valerie Cartright
Planned Parenthood National Board Member Valerie McCarthy
Farmingdale State College President John Nader
National Organization of Women Nassau County President Julia Fenster
The Ivy Network CEO Ivy Algazy
Postpartum Resource Center of NY Executive Director Sonia Murddock
Coalition Against Domestic Violence Executive Director Coleen Merlo
First Company Pink President Donna Cioffi

For years, Governor Cuomo has pushed to codify the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision and subsequent rulings into state law to secure women's access to reproductive health options. The Governor is again calling for the passage of legislation to protect the right of women to make personal health care decisions and to ensure that health care professionals can provide these crucial services without fear of criminal penalty. The Assembly has passed legislation to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade for the last six years, including during the 2018 Legislative Session.

Additionally, through regulations by the Department of Financial Services and Department of Health, as directed by the Governor on Monday, New York State will ensure an insurer must cover over the counter emergency contraception in addition to all other contraceptive drugs, devices or other products for women approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration and, as well as the dispensing of 12 months of contraceptive at one time, all without co-insurance, co-pays or deductibles. The Executive Order signed by the Governor on Monday, in addition to today's rally, builds on Governor Cuomo's 2018 Women's Agenda: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity.

The updated DFS regulation mandates that health insurers:
Expand coverage requirements for contraceptive drugs, devices or other products for women approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration. Require coverage for emergency contraception with no cost sharing when acquired in any lawful manner including on an over the counter basis from an out of network pharmacy;
Permit a woman to fill 12 months of a prescribed contraceptive at one time, removing the previously required three-month trial period;
Cover voluntary sterilization procedures for women and over-the-counter contraceptives without cost-sharing; and
Do not place restrictions or delays on contraceptive coverage not otherwise authorized under the regulation. This provision would prohibit quantity limits and other such restrictions.

The regulation codifies guidance issued in January 2017 regarding information that must be provided in formularies regarding contraceptives, including noting which contraceptives are covered without cost-sharing. Insurers will be required to publish an easily accessible, up-to-date, accurate and complete list of all covered contraceptive drugs, devices and other products on their formulary drug lists, including any tiering structure and any restrictions on the manner in which a drug may be obtained.

The accompanying DOH regulations permit a woman insured through Medicaid to fill 12 months of a prescribed contraceptive at one time, whereas previously, the limit was three months.

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For Immediate Release: 7/11/2018
GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO



VIDEO, AUDIO & RUSH TRANSCRIPT: SUFFOLK COUNTY LEADERS JOIN GOVERNOR CUOMO IN CALLING FOR THE SENATE TO RECONVENE AND CODIFY ROE V. WADE INTO NEW YORK STATE LAW

Rally Builds on the Governor's Actions to Require Health Insurers to Cover Emergency Contraception, Over the Counter and 12 Months of Contraception Without Cost-Sharing

View the Governor's Executive Order to Protect Reproductive Rights Here


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was joined today by Suffolk County leaders at a rally in Farmingdale to fight to protect women's reproductive rights. State and local leaders called on the Senate to return to Albany to codify Roe v. Wade into New York State Law. The rally follows the federal government's decision Monday night to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The Governor vowed to take action to defend New York's progressive values against the extreme conservative agenda of the Trump Administration, including the fight to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade into state law. New actions were also announced by the Governor on Monday to protect reproductive rights in anticipation of this Supreme Court Justice nomination.

VIDEO of the Governor's remarks is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) format here.

AUDIO of the Governor's remarks is available here.

PHOTOS of the event will be available on the Governor's Flickr page.

A rush transcript of the Governor's remarks is below:

Governor Cuomo: Thank you. It's a pleasure to be back in Suffolk. And let's have a big round of applause for our champion who's been battling for many years and we are now ready for the big battle, Valerie McCarthy. Thank you so much for everything. We have a great statewide champion, our Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. Let's give her a round of applause. The quarterback in Suffolk County, Steve Bellone, who's doing a great job right across the board. It's a pleasure to be with Senator John Brooks. He's with us 100 percent. Assemblyman Tony D'Urso is with us 100 percent. Town of Babylon Supervisor Rich Schaffer is with us 100 percent. And John Nader, President of Farmingdale State College, thank you for opening your doors, thank you for having us here today, John. Thank you.

You know, let me say this. I am old. I turned the big 6-0. There is no good news about turning the big 6-0. Only rationale is they say well you know 60 is the new 50. So what? 50 stinks too. But you have a little bit of advantage of some wisdom and some experience. This is the most frightening, challenging, dangerous political time that I have ever experienced. And I think I was almost in a state of shock initially, because the new administration came in and it seems like every day something happens that is just unbelievable and incredible. And the next day it's something else, and the next day it's something else. And I thought this is a random series of disastrous events. But it will end. How many terrible things can the federal government do before they run out of doing terrible things?

I was watching the day, the evening that President Trump nominated Judge Kavanaugh. And I was watching the talking heads afterwards on cable TV, not my brother's show, that's not a talking heads show, that is a deep intellectual exercise that show. Chris Cuomo, deep intellectual talk show. But I was watching one of the other shows and there was a conservative who was sort of bragging about what the President did. And basically said, "you know the people of America have to get over it. Elections have consequences and we elected a pro-life President and that's what he's going to do." And the bluntness took me back. And that is the truth.

Elections have consequences. This country elected an extreme conservative administration. And they are doing what they believe and they are executing methodically their world view. A reporter said to me, "why do you call them extreme conservatives?" I said, "two reasons. Number one they're extreme, number two they're conservative." Extreme conservative because you can have a conservative view, but they want to take their conservative view and impose it on us. They have a conservative view of what lifestyle is right, what sexuality is right, what a woman should be able to do with her body, who should be an immigrant to the United States. What religion is right? They have their world view. Fine. God bless America. That is America. Everyone has their world view. But they want to take their world view and then impose it on everyone else. Which, by the way, is totally hypocritical for a conservative to begin with because the conservative party was about limited government and individual rights and state rights and small government. They flipped that on its head. Small federal government until they're in charge. Then they want a large, muscular government to tell you how to live your life and lead your life and what to do with your children and what to do with your body.

It's shocking as a New Yorker because everything they are trying to do is repugnant to who we are and what we believe. Not just politically but just as a body of people in this state. You want to be against immigration. You're talking to the wrong states. We are the states of immigrants. You want to be against immigration? Unless you are a member of a Native American tribe you are an immigrant and you want to tell us that immigration isn't a strength and that diversity isn't a strength? It's who we are. It's what we believe. They don't believe that the LGBTQ lifestyle is appropriate. That's their belief. So one of the first things they did when they got into the administration was they got all transgender people out of the military, regardless of service, regardless of merit. You're out. Because they don't believe it.

They don't have empathy for poor people. They don't have empathy for working families. So they're against minimum wage? We believe we help people on their way up a ladder. We raised the minimum wage to $15, the highest in the United States of America and we are proud of it because we believe in it. They are no friend to the middle class. That's why they did a tax cut plan that gave 80 percent to the top 1 percent. We're the exact opposite. We believe the middle class are the ones who are taking it on the chin. That's why we cut taxes from the middle class to the lowest level since 1947. First state in the nation to provide free college tuition for middle class families because we believe they're the ones who are struggling. They believe that you run the economy and whatever happens to the environment happens to the environment. We believe you can grow and economy and protect an environment which is exactly what we did in this state. We protected the environment more aggressively than ever before and we have the strongest economy than ever before. Eight million private sector jobs in this state. Highest number of jobs ever.

And then they are pro-life. They are pro-life. They're now going to go through a charade of these hearings where they're going to say to the Democrats well prove where Kavanaugh said he would roll back Roe v. Wade. And that will be the charade of the hearing. You know what I would do if I were a Senator? First witness I would call? President Trump. And I'd put him in the chair and I'd say President Trump is it true you said 57 times if you are elected you're only going to nominate pro-life judges to the Supreme Court who would roll back Roe v. Wade? So were you telling the truth then or are you obfuscating truth now? Kavanaugh is a pro-life judge and he's going to roll back Roe v. Wade. That's why they nominated them and that's why they nominated him. That's why they put out that list of 25 good conservatives to make all the conservatives sign off that this is going to be a pro-life judge.

Why did they do it? Because elections have consequences and we elected a pro-life President. And they said, we're going to elect a pro-life agenda. Roll back Roe v. Wade - now this is such an unbelievable concept that it's hard to get your head around. Roe v. Wade was 1973. 1973 - they want to roll back to before 1973. You have a whole generation of women and men who don't even understand that this was ever an issue. My daughters are in their 20s. They were born in the 90s. This was decided in 1973. My daughters just assume that this is their right. They can't believe that there's really a question of whether or not they can control their own health care. I said to my daughters, well where do you think you got that right from? One of my daughters said, it must be in the constitution. I said, well it's not. It's not in the constitution. It's not in the bible. It's not a God-given right. It was in that court case, Roe v. Wade and what they're saying is, if you overturn Roe v. Wade you lose that right. My daughter said, well you can't be right. I said, yes I'm the Governor, I'm right. It is that inconceivable to them. They would never do that. Yes, they are doing it. They are doing it. Don't tell me what they won't do. They have crossed the line on things that you wouldn't do. You wouldn't separate a family from young children. You would never do that, would you? That's what they did. You would not make it possible to reunite the family after a federal judge told you to? That's what they did.

Yes, they will roll back Roe v. Wade. And then by the way, they then have two options, they can roll it back and leave it to the state law, or they could roll it back and say it's unconstitutional period. For any state. Oh they would never do that. Oh no my friends, let's recognize the reality that we are dealing with. They have crossed that line and they will do it again, and again, and again. Rolling back Roe v. Wade is so radical an idea that the Republican Senate, which has been refusing to pass a pro-choice law in the state of New York - their excuse for years has been, "well we have Roe v. Wade. We don't need a New York State law. We have Roe v. Wade and no one would try to overturn Roe v. Wade." That's the New York State Republican Senators have been saying that. That it was implausible that Roe v. Wade.

Now it was just an excuse because the truth is, Republican Senators have had it both ways. They talked to Planned Parenthood and they closed their office door. And the Republican Senators say, oh I'm pro-choice. And if that bill comes up, don't you worry I am going to be pro-choice. And then they go to another group and they say, oh I won't ever vote for a pro-choice bill. They won't put the bill on the floor. They won't allow a vote. Why? Because they don't want people to be counted on the issue. They don't want to make Senators say, support or oppose. They want to have it both ways and that's what they've done for years. And they could hide behind, don't worry, we have Roe v. Wade. Well now we don't have Roe v. Wade and this is a new, frightening world that we have to prepare for. And we have to do what Planned Parenthood has always been telling us to do: stand up and fight back. We don't get scared, we don't run. That's not who we are as New Yorkers. New York leads the way. We always have, we always will.

You look back in history at any time of transition, whether it's the Women's rights movement, started here in New York, Seneca Falls. Gay rights movement started here at Stonewall Inn. Workers' rights movement started here. The union movement started here. The civil rights movement started here. And the resistance movement to this administration and their extreme conservatism and their trampling women's rights is going to start here.

And remember, remember, this did not come out of the blue. This is an administration that has disrespected women from day one. They've done it personally, they've done it professionally, they've done it governmentally. We went through the whole #MeToo movement. Thousands of women showed the courage to stand up and to come out and tell stories that were personally painful so we could make change. And what did Washington do? Absolutely nothing. The silence was deafening. You know what we did in the state of New York? We passed the strongest anti-sexual harassment in the United States of America. That's what we did.

So how do you stand up and how do you fight back and how do you lead? You do two things. One, I'm going to sign an emergency order that guarantees a woman's right to contraception in the state of New York. I don't care what an insurance company says, I don't care what a bureaucracy says, I don't care what the federal government says. A woman has the right to contraception in the state of New York. and number two, I want the state Senate to come back and pass a law that codifies Roe v. Wade in New York State and I want them to do it tomorrow. Tomorrow. And let's strip away all the garbage. It's very simple. All the law has to say is, New York codifies the rights prescribed in Roe v. Wade in 1973. Our state law currently does not have those rights. Roe v. Wade is what we were relying on. Roe v. Wade goes away, the New York State law is weaker than Roe v. Wade. So all we need is a law that codifies Roe v. Wade.

But we're not going to take any more of the political baloney, and the obfuscation and the long, detailed explanation. They are either with us or against us. If a Republican Senator says to you, yes, I'm really pro-choice deep down inside. You say, I don't' care what you are deep down inside. If you are pro-choice, you go to Albany and you call your leader and you say you want to pass a Roe v. Wade for New York and you do it tomorrow. The Assembly has done it, they will do it, I will sign it the next day. It is up to the Republican Senate and it is binary, it's black, it's white, you're for us, you're against it, I'm not taking this political dance anymore. Come up and pass the law and that's it. And then we say to them, if you do not come up and pass a law and protect women, then we're going to quote the immortal words of President Trump and any Senator that does not go up and pass a pro-choice law, we're going to say with one voice, you're fired. Because elections have consequences. Let's sign the order. Thank you and God bless you.

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For Immediate Release: 7/10/2018
GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO



NASSAU COUNTY LEADERS JOIN GOVERNOR CUOMO IN CALLING FOR THE SENATE TO RECONVENE AND CODIFY ROE V. WADE INTO NEW YORK STATE LAW

Rally Builds on the Governor's Actions to Require Health Insurers to Cover Emergency Contraception, Over the Counter and 12 Months of Contraception Without Cost-Sharing

View the Governor's Executive Order to Protect Reproductive Rights Here


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was joined today by Nassau County leaders at a rally in New Hyde Park to fight to protect women's reproductive rights. State and local leaders called on the Senate to return to Albany to codify Roe v. Wade into New York State Law. The rally follows the federal government's decision Monday night to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The Governor vowed to take action to defend New York's progressive values against the extreme conservative agenda of the Trump Administration, including the fight to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade into state law. New actions were also announced by the Governor on Monday to protect reproductive rights in anticipation of this Supreme Court Justice nomination.

"This federal government is threatening basic values New York and this entire nation were built upon, and while extreme conservatives in Washington make destructive decisions that violate the rights of our residents, New York is fighting to protect the progressive accomplishments that we have made," Governor Cuomo said. "I call on every Senate Republican to come back and reconvene in Albany - no excuses. The Assembly will support codification of Roe v. Wade, I will sign the bill, the Senate Democrats will vote in favor of it and we will pass Roe v. Wade for New York."

"I lost my seat in Congress over my steadfast support of the Affordable Care Act and the contraception mandate, and I know how critically important it is to protect these rights at the state level," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who attended today's event. "That is why I stand with the Governor and the women of this great state in fighting back to ensure protections and safety for women when it comes to their reproductive health. Given all that is happening in Washington, these actions will protect women's reproductive rights. As President of the State Senate, I'm also calling on Senate Republican leadership to protect the women of this state and pass the Reproductive Health Act and codify Roe v. Wade. No one should tell us what to do with our bodies. Not now, not ever."

The following Nassau County leaders joined the Governor today in calling on the State Senate to reconvene and codify Roe v. Wade into state law:

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran
Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas
Nassau County Legislator Ellen Birnbaum
Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Judi Bosworth
Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Anna Kaplan
Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Lee Seeman
Town of North Hempstead Clerk Wayne Wink
Town of Hempstead Clerk Sylvia Cabana
JoAnn Smith, President and CEO, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County
Rebecca Sanin, President and CEO, Health and Welfare Council of Long Island
Matty Aracich, President, Nassau and Suffolk Building Trades Council

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For Immediate Release: 7/10/2018
GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO



VIDEO, AUDIO & RUSH TRANSCRIPT: NASSAU COUNTY LEADERS JOIN GOVERNOR CUOMO IN CALLING FOR THE SENATE TO RECONVENE AND CODIFY ROE V. WADE INTO NEW YORK STATE LAW

Rally Builds on the Governor's Actions to Require Health Insurers to Cover Emergency Contraception, Over the Counter and 12 Months of Contraception Without Cost-Sharing

View the Governor's Executive Order to Protect Reproductive Rights Here


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was joined today by Nassau County leaders at a rally in New Hyde Park to fight to protect women's reproductive rights. State and local leaders called on the Senate to return to Albany to codify Roe v. Wade into New York State Law. The rally follows the federal government's decision Monday night to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The Governor vowed to take action to defend New York's progressive values against the extreme conservative agenda of the Trump Administration, including the fight to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade into state law. New actions were also announced by the Governor on Monday to protect reproductive rights in anticipation of this Supreme Court Justice nomination.

VIDEO of the Governor's remarks is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) format here.

AUDIO of the Governor's remarks is available here.

PHOTOS of the event will be available on the Governor's Flickr page.

A rush transcript of the Governor's remarks is below:

Governor Cuomo: Thank you. Let's hear it for JoAnn Smith. And let's hear it for Planned Parenthood. Let's give yourselves a round of applause. Thank you, thank you very much. First to your County Executive who's doing a fantastic job. It's always a pleasure to partner with her. And her leadership has been a breath of fresh air. Laura Curran, let's give her a round of applause. Your District Attorney is a statewide star, Madeline Singas. Pleasure to be with you. Judi Bosworth, all the local elected officials, pleasure to be with all of you.

As JoAnn said, these are really frightening, frightening times. And we need Planned Parenthood today more than we ever have before. It's a totally new reality. You know every day this federal government does something that is shocking to our senses. It's almost like Groundhog Day. You think it can't get any worse, and then the next day it's a repeat where it's a really shock to the system. Why? Because everything they're doing is repugnant to who we are and what we believe. And I'm just amazed at what they have been doing and I've been amazed since this President took office.
I was watching the talking heads last night on TV after the Supreme Court nominee was announced. Not my brother's show, that's not a talking heads show, that's a deep intellectual exercise. But one of the other shows. And one of the conservative commentators who was sort of boastful and arrogant about the nomination, said you know, "well elections have consequences, and this nation elected President Trump who is a pro-life President, and he said we're going to have a pro-life court." And it sort of dawned on me that these are not a series of unrelated items. There has been a basic shift in the politics and values of this country. We elected an extreme conservative President. We empowered an extreme conservative Congress. And they are enacting an extreme conservative agenda.

It's shocking to us in New York because we are the exact opposite. We're night and day from who they are and what they believe so we're continually in a state of shock, but they are doing what they said they were going to do, and elections have consequences. And it is a wakeup call to all of us. My daughters, you know if you're 21, 22, 23, young women you never even questioned your reproductive rights. You grew up in a generation where you just assumed, you know Roe v. Wade was 1973. 1973. Generations just grew up assuming this was the way it was. Couldn't even imagine that a woman wouldn't have the right to control her own body. That's what they are saying. And they are serious. And it's not just politics and this isn't just a game. They are doing it. They're doing what they said they would do. And it's all across the board. JoAnn's exactly right. They have their own view of what religions are right and what lifestyles are right and what sexuality is right and who should be an American and who shouldn't be an American, and they are going to enforce that. It's the greatest act of political hypocrisy, because conservatives used to stand for limited government, right? Less federal government. Leave it to the states, leave it to the individual rights. That's why they're extreme conservatives. Because they take their conservative views and they want to impose it on the country.

The Supreme Court is especially frightening, because it's basically unfettered Presidential power. When the President has to pass a law, he has to go through that body called the Congress. And you have to debate and you have to argue and they control both houses but it's still a process. Supreme Court is the President nominates, his Senate confirms and then they interpret the law but you can interpret the law to change the law. And this is a pro-life President and he said repeatedly I'm going to nominate pro-life judges. You're now going to see over the next few weeks they're going to play out, well prove that Kavanaugh is going to overturn Roe v. Wade. Show me where he said that. That is going to be the subject of the hearings.

I'll tell you my first witness, my first witness is President Trump - who said repeatedly, I'm only going to nominate pro-life judges and that is exactly what he has done. And exactly what he will do. And make no mistake, this is not a game. They are on track to overturn Roe v. Wade. That's what they want to do. That's what they've wanted to do since it was passed in 1973. And it is a shock to the system. How could we possible go back to those days? Who even remembers what it was like before, when a woman couldn't have an abortion? How many lost their lives, were damaged because of what they had to do in that situation? And that is what we're looking at. They are pro-life.

They also have their view of sexuality and they don't agree with the LGBTQ community and that's why they treat them as second-class citizens. Wanted to keep transgender out of the military, regardless of service, regardless of merits. They believe who should be an immigrant and who shouldn't be an immigrant. A little hypocritical since we're all immigrants, but they now decide they're going to close the door. The separation of family policy - isn't that a coincidence? They knew exactly what they were doing. They wanted to stop people at the border. The first point was, build a wall. I am going to build a big wall, nobody can come. The President didn't get a wall so he went to the "zero tolerance" policy. And now what he says to families is, if you show up, I'm going to take your children from you and send them to a place where you don't even know where they are. He knew exactly what he was doing. It was a deterrent to stop people from coming when he couldn't get the wall.

He then took political heat when he separated the children, signed an executive order and said, okay we will reunite the children in the family detention centers at the border. When he signed that executive order, he knew darn well it was illegal. You can't put children in a detention center. It's the federal law that's existing, federal judge yesterday ruled you can't put those kids with their parents in a detention center. Now they're trying to reunite the children - they can't even find them. It's like a parental nightmare. Well, it was an accident. There was no accident. It was a deterrent.

They're going to tell you which religion is right. They don't believe that Muslims are an appropriate religion, and that's the travel ban. They don't believe with labor unions. Thank God for the teamsters. They don't want labor unions. They just passed the Janus decision with the Supreme Court because they don't want these annoying unions being able to organize employees, making it harder for management to negotiate with the workforce. It's who they are and what they said they were going to do. And it is a frightening reality. We believe the opposite and it's incumbent on us to act. To act. We're not going to let them change our values. We're not going to let them change or philosophy. We're not going to let them change the way we treat one another. We're not going to let them change our tolerance to intolerance. We're not going to allow them to divide us. They're not going to pick who has the right lifestyle and who has the right religion and who has the right sexuality and who has the right income level to deserve respect. We're not going to let them do that.

Federal government has rights, but you know what there was before the federal government? There were state governments and there were states' rights. And states have the ability to stand up and act. And when they wouldn't do anything in the face of the #MeToo movement, this state stood up and said, we're going to pass the strongest anti-sexual harassment law in the United States of America. When they separated families at the border, this state stood up and said, that's unconstitutional, it's illegal, it violates due process, and we're suing the federal government to put those families back together and to stop the separation.

And we have to do the same thing on the issue of choice. They are going to overturn Roe v. Wade. We need a New York State law that codifies Roe v. Wade into the New York State law. And we need that law in place before they overturn Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court. Now, we've been trying to get the New York State legislature, the Senate, to pass a New York State Roe v. Wade. That's all the law would say. Take the federal ruling in Roe v. Wade—1973—and enact it into a state law.

Currently, the New York State law is not as strong as Roe v. Wade because we had Roe v. Wade. And I've been arguing with the Republicans in the Senate, frankly, why don't we codify it into New York state law? And the Republican Senators have been saying to me, well we have Roe v. Wade. We don't need it. No one would be crazy enough to overturn Roe v. Wade. That's the answer JoAnn has been getting for years when Planned Parenthood would lobby for New York State law. We don't need it, we have Roe v. Wade. Well you know what? Now we need it. Now we need it.

And I want the New York State Senators to come back today, tomorrow, to go to Albany, and pass and New York State Roe v. Wade, period. And no excuses. No excuses. For years they've been doing this dance, the Republican Senators. Privately they say, I'm pro-choice, I'm pro-choice. When the bill comes up, I'm going to vote pro-choice. JoAnn will tell you. But then, they never let the bill come up. We tried to force a vote this legislative session. They won't put the bill on the floor. Why? It's a little game they play. It allows them to say privately, when the bill comes up, I'll vote yes. But, the bill never comes up, so they can tell one audience, yes, I'm pro-choice. Then they can go to another audience and say, we'll never pass choice in the state of New York.

We have to call to question. This is binary. This is black and white. You are either pro-choice or you are not pro-choice and we don't have Roe v. Wade to fall back on anymore. It's only what we have in New York State law. And the New York State law does not go as far as Roe v. Wade and if we have only the New York State law, we're in trouble. It does not do life and health. It is in the criminal code. We will have a problem. We need that law. We have to call to question and we have to say to the Republican Senators who have been having it both ways for too long, that's over. You are with us or against us. And if you are with us don't just tell me. Go up to Albany and pass a bill. That's how I know that you are with the women and the men of this state who support choice. That's what it has to be.

In the meantime, I'm going to sign an Executive Order that guarantees the women in this state the right to contraception. I don't care what the insurance company says or what the bureaucracy says. Women have the right to contraception. But we have to learn the lesson, my friends. Elections have consequences. Elections have consequences. And this is a wakeup call. If what they did on immigration and unions and what they did to Muslims wasn't enough, this is an attack on every woman's rights to control her own reproductive health in the United States of America. This is a direct attack on what we knew in 1970.

When you're talking to our friends the Republican Senators, remind them in 1970, before Roe v. Wade, which was 1973, this state legalized abortion. 1970. With a Republican Senate and a Republican Governor because we understood it wasn't a partisan issue, it was a fairness issue. It was a health issue. It was an equality issue. It was a woman being able to control her own body issue. We did it in 1970, don't tell me in 2018 the Republican Senate is going to go backwards from 1970. We have to call to question. Elections have consequences and this is binary. They're with us, they're against us. And if they don't come back, if they don't codify Roe v. Wade, you know what we're going to say? In the immortal words of President Trump, to the senators who won't come back and sign a bill, your fired. We're protecting the women in the state of New York. Women's rights come first. Let's sign the state Executive Order. Thank you. God bless you.

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For Immediate Release: 7/10/2018
GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO



WESTCHESTER LEADERS JOIN GOVERNOR CUOMO IN CALLING FOR THE SENATE TO RECONVENE AND CODIFY ROE V. WADE INTO NEW YORK STATE LAW

Rally Builds on the Governor's Actions to Require Health Insurers to Cover Emergency Contraception, Over the Counter and 12 Months of Contraception Without Cost-Sharing

View the Governor's Executive Order to Protect Reproductive Rights Here


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was joined today by Westchester County leaders at a rally in Yonkers to fight to protect women's reproductive rights. State and local leaders called on the Senate to return to Albany to codify Roe v. Wade into New York State Law. The rally follows the federal government's decision Monday night to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The Governor vowed to take action to defend New York's progressive values against the extreme conservative agenda of the Trump Administration, including the fight to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade into state law. New actions were also announced by the Governor on Monday to protect reproductive rights in anticipation of this Supreme Court Justice nomination.

"This federal government is threatening the basic values New York and this entire nation were built upon, and while extreme conservatives in Washington make destructive decisions that violate the rights of our residents, New York is fighting to protect the progressive accomplishments that we have made," Governor Cuomo said. "I call on every Senate Republican to come back and reconvene in Albany - no excuses. The Assembly will support codification of Roe v. Wade, I will sign the bill, the Senate Democrats will vote in favor of it and we will pass Roe v. Wade for New York."

"I lost my seat in Congress over my steadfast support of the Affordable Care Act and the contraception mandate, and I know how critically important it is to protect these rights at the state level," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who attended today's event. "That is why I stand with the Governor and the women of this great state in fighting back to ensure protections and safety for women when it comes to their reproductive health. Given all that is happening in Washington, these actions will protect women's reproductive rights. As President of the State Senate, I'm also calling on Senate Republican leadership to protect the women of this state and pass the Reproductive Health Act and codify Roe v. Wade. No one should tell us what to do with our bodies. Not now, not ever."

The following Westchester County leaders joined the Governor today in calling on the State Senate to reconvene and codify Roe v. Wade into state law:
Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins
Senator Shelley Mayer
Senator Jamaal Bailey
Senator David Carlucci
Assembly Member Sandy Galef
Assembly Member Gary Pretlow
Assembly Member Ken Zebrowski
Assembly Member David Buchwald
Assembly Member Ellen Jaffee
Westchester County Executive George Latimer
City of Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano
Yonkers City Council President Mike Khader
Yonkers City Councilmember Shanae Williams
Yonkers City Councilmember Corazon Pineda-Isaac
Westchester County Legislature Vice Chair Alfreda Williams
Westchester County Majority Leader Catherine Parker
Westchester County Legislator Catherine Borgia
Westchester County Legislator Christopher Johnson
Westchester County Legislator Terry Clements
Westchester County Legislator MaryJane Shimsky
Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson
Ossining Town Supervisor Dana Levenberg
Pound Ridge Town Supervisor Kevin Hansan
Yorktown Town Supervisor Ilan Gilbert
Larchmont Village Mayor Lorraine Walsh
Ardsley Village Mayor Nancy Kaboolian
Pleasantville Village Mayor Peter Scherer
Teamsters Local 456 President Lou Picani
Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body President Tom Carey
Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic CEO Vince Russell
YWCA of White Plains & Central Westchester CEO Maria Imperial
Montefiore Nyack CEO Dr. Mark Geller
NOW-Westchester Co-President Liz Zimmerman
NOW-Westchester Co-President Jon Wegeniek

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For Immediate Release: 7/10/2018
GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO



VIDEO, PHOTOS & RUSH TRANSCRIPT: WESTCHESTER LEADERS JOIN GOVERNOR CUOMO IN CALLING FOR THE SENATE TO RECONVENE AND CODIFY ROE V. WADE INTO NEW YORK STATE LAW

Governor Cuomo: "Come back and pass Roe v. Wade for New York. There are no excuses, and if you do not come back and vote, that is your answer. You are telling the women and men of this state you are anti-choice."

Rally Builds on the Governor's Actions to Require Health Insurers to Cover Emergency Contraception, Over the Counter and 12 Months of Contraception Without Cost-Sharing

View the Governor's Executive Order to Protect Reproductive Rights Here


Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was joined by Westchester County leaders at a rally in Yonkers to fight to protect women's reproductive rights. State and local leaders called on the Senate to return to Albany to codify Roe v. Wade into New York State Law. The rally follows the federal government's decision Monday night to nominate Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The Governor vowed to take action to defend New York's progressive values against the extreme conservative agenda of the Trump Administration, including the fight to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade into state law. New actions were announced by the Governor on Monday to protect reproductive rights in anticipation of this Supreme Court Justice nomination.

VIDEO of the Governor's remarks is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) format here.

AUDIO of the Governor's remarks is available here.

PHOTOS of the rally are available on Governor Cuomo's Flickr page.

A rush transcript of the Governor's remarks is available below:

Governor Cuomo: Thank you. Well it's my pleasure to be here in Westchester because it is my residence and I love it. We miss George Latimer in Albany but I'll tell you the truth, living in Mount Kisco, I'm much more happy with George Latimer as the County Executive. George Latimer. Mayor Spano, thank you very much for having us today. Let's give him a round of applause. We have our great Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. Thank you very much Kathy. We have the next majority leader of the Senate, who's here with us, and a great Senator, Andrea Stewart-Cousins. A women's champion, Maria Imperial, pleasure to be with her.

And to my colleagues in the Senate and the Assembly and to all the advocates and the people who work so hard to make Westchester the progressive county that it is once again. Isn't it nice to say? Westchester, the progressive county.

You know, this is a little bit like Groundhog Day, over this past year and a half. Every day you wake up and you're shocked and surprised by what the federal government is doing. And it's as if every day we relive the same trauma. I was listening to the talking heads last night, not my brother's show, because that's a deep insightful show, the other shows, and they were talking about the Supreme Court nominee obviously and one of the really robust conservatives who was just very proud of this nomination, said, "well you know the American people have to get over it, because elections have consequences and we elected a pro-life President and that's what he is going to do and that's the agenda he is going to follow." And it was a little shocking the way it was said. But it was also true. We have a problem in New York appreciating it, and that's why we have these constant shocks to the system, but we elected an extreme conservative President, and extreme conservative administration that has unleashed an extreme conservative movement all across the country. That's what we have done. Yes, it's a daily shock to our system. How could they possibly be doing this? Because it's totally repugnant to everything we are and everything we believe. But that is what happened. They are extreme conservative. One of the reporters said to me, "well why do you call them extreme conservatives?" I said, "two reasons. Number one because they're extreme, number two because they're conservative." But they're extreme conservative. They have their views, and they're going to impose their views on you. On you.

They have their views on what religion is right and wrong. What lifestyle is right and wrong. What sexuality is right and wrong. Who should be an immigrant and who's right and who's wrong. They have their views and in a great act of hypocrisy, they are going to use the federal government to impose those views on you. It's a great act of hypocrisy because the conservative movement was supposed to be limited government. Small federal government. Let people live their lives, individual rights, state rights. No. They now taken what's convenient for them which is conservative government unless they're in charge, then it's actually a very aggressive big government. But that's who they are and they get up and they do it every day. They're anti-Muslim. That was the travel ban right from the beginning. They are anti-union. Supreme Court passed the Janus decision. Why? Because they are anti-union that's who they are. They are with management. They are with the rich. That's why they did a tax code change that gave all the benefits, 80 percent to the top 1 percent. They are against unions because they are collective bargaining and they don't want the employees to have strength at the bargaining table. That's who they are. They are pro-life because they are pro-life. That's what we elected. So were shocked every day. Yes. And we shouldn't be. But that's where we are. Elections have consequences.

Now, Senator Stewart-Cousins is exactly right, they woke the sleeping giant. By the way, I think for a whole generation of young people they now understand elections have consequences and not just minor consequences but these go to fundamental values of who we are and what we believe and how we live. And that's what's happening. Now the Supreme Court nominee, they're going to play a game. You have to prove that he said he's going to overrule Roe v. Wade. That's the game they're starting to play. Go through his decisions and show where Kavanaugh said he's going to overrule Roe v. Wade. Well, it's a game. It's a game they're playing with themselves because I have a witness and testimony that is irrefutable called the president of the United States of America who said, "I am only going to nominate justices for the Supreme Court who are pro-life and I have a list that I'm going to put out so all the good conservative prolife groups can sign off on everyone on the list, and they did. And this is a prolife justice who I believe there's no question will overturn Roe v. Wade the first chance they get. That is what they are going to do because that's who they are. And that's what they said. And it's not Groundhog day. Elections do have consequences and we lost. And they're trying to change this nation.

Now, in the meantime what do we do? We do everything we can to resist the rollback. They want to end unions? We're going to do everything we can to protect unions and stop the Janus decision. They want to stop immigrants because they're now anti-immigration. They want to close the door because we're all immigrants, right? Unless you're a member of the Sioux or another Native American tribe, you're an immigrant. But now they've decided that they want to close the door, and they have that anti-immigration policy which they took to a grotesque, inhumane and illegal extent with the separation of children. Separation of children. They knew exactly what they were doing. They wanted a deterrent. They wanted to strike fear in the hearts of people who are coming over the border. So what they have said is, if you come over the border, we're going to take your children from you and we're going to separate you from the children. They knew all along what was going to happen. The President then took political heat and signed an executive order, we're going to reunite them in family detention centers. They knew darn well they can't reunite in family detention centers because there was already a deferral law that said you can't put a child in a detention center. It was all a farce. They can't put the children in detention centers. The federal law already said that. They wanted to say to families, we're going to separate you from your children. Now they have a federal court that says to them you will have to reunite children within 20 days, 30 days depending on the age. And they said, well we can't figure out how to do it. They knew exactly what they were doing all along and New York has to be the bulwark against it.

New York has to pass a law that codifies Roe v. Wade before they overrule it. And Senator Stewart-Cousins is exactly right. We have a law that we say codifies Roe v. Wade. The Senator is exactly right, the Republican Senate wouldn't pass it and you know what they said for years? Oh it's wholly unnecessary because we have Roe v. Wade and nobody would overturn Roe v. Wade. That could never happen, 1973. Why do you need a state law when you have Roe v. Wade. And we said, well who knows? The world is a crazy place. Maybe you could even overturn Roe v. Wade and they said, don't be silly that could never happen. Well, the world really is that crazy a place.

We do not have a New York State law that provides the protections of Roe v. Wade. Roe v. Wade goes further than the New York State law. And the New York State law is in the criminal code. That's why we desperately need a New York State law that codifies the Roe v. Wade rights in this state and takes it out of the criminal code.

Now the Republicans in the Senate play a game. You talk to them individually, reporters in the back go to them individually, they say, oh I'm pro-choice. I'm pro-choice. I would vote to protect a woman's right to choose. But, the bill never came up for a vote, otherwise I would have voted for it. Like they do in Washington—I voted for it before I voted against it, but then it was changed and I voted in favor of it. Who controls whether or not the bill came up for a vote? The Republican leader.

So they want to have it both ways. They want to be able to say, I support a woman's right to choose, but then when they go to a different audience, the conservative audience, they want to be able to say, I never voted pro-choice. That's exactly what they're doing and they got away with it for years. And what we have to say is, no more. No more. No more. No more, Senator. If you support a woman's right to choose, you call your Senate leader, Mr. Flanagan, and say, you want to go to Albany and you want to pass that bill because a woman's right to choose is in jeopardy.

It's yes or no. It's black or white. It's binary. There's no middle. There's no maybe. There is no, well when it comes up we'll see, we'll discuss. No, it's today. It's today. And they have drank the Trump Kool-Aid, because—they have. 1970, Republicans voted supported a woman's right to choose. 1970, before Roe v. Wade in 1973, New York was one of the first states to pass a bill, with Republicans. These Republicans are more conservative than the Republicans we had in 1970. That's what they're saying to you. That they will not support a Roe v. Wade bill for New York.

Now, in the meantime, we're going to do everything we can. I'm going to sign and Executive Order that protects a woman's right to contraception in the state of New York, despite any insurance company or bureaucracy. But, we have to learn the lesson. Elections have consequences. Elections have consequences. We have to learn that lesson and we have to organize and we have to mobilize and we have to put that question to every Senator that is running. We have to call the U.S. Senators and say, don't you dare confirm Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court and call yourself a Democrat, don't you dare.

And we have to get it done this year. I call on every Senate Republican to come back to Albany. Do it tomorrow. The Assembly will support codification of Roe v. Wade, I will sign the bill, the Senate Democrats will vote one hundred percent in favor of it. Come back and pass Roe v. Wade for New York. There are no excuses. And if you do not come back and vote, that is your answer. You are telling the women and men of this state you are anti-choice. That's the statement you're making by not coming back to pass the law. No one gets a pass. There is no amnesty. You're either with us or you're against us. And in the words of Mr. Trump—in the words of President Trump, if you are against a woman's right to choose, you're fired. Thank you and God bless you.

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For Immediate Release: 7/9/2018
GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO



GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NEW ACTIONS TO PROTECT REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS IN FACE OF FEDERAL ASSAULT

Governor Directs Department of Financial Services to Require Health Insurers to Cover Emergency Contraception, Over the Counter and 12 Months of Contraception Without Cost-Sharing

Ahead of Supreme Court Nomination, Governor Calls on Senate to Reconvene and Vote on Codifying Roe v. Wade into State Law

Builds Upon the 2018 Women's Agenda: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced new actions to protect reproductive rights as the federal government is poised to nominate an extreme conservative Supreme Court Justice who could roll back advancements in reproductive health care. Through regulations by the Department of Financial Services and Department of Health, New York State will ensure an insurer must cover over the counter emergency contraception in addition to all other contraceptive drugs, devices or other products for women approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration and, as well as the dispensing of 12 months of contraceptive at one time, all without co-insurance, co-pays or deductibles.

The Governor today also called on the Senate to reconvene and vote on codifying the protections of Roe. v. Wade into State law. The Assembly has passed legislation to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade for the last six years, including during the 2018 Legislative Session. Today's actions builds on Governor Cuomo's 2018 Women's Agenda: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity.

"In the face of this federal assault, New York is going to protect itself because this state has always been the progressive capital of the nation," Governor Cuomo said. "This is the time to fight back. This is the time to resist. This is the time to make your voice heard. This is the time where every New Yorker has to say, you're not taking women's right to reproductive rights away. We're going to protect ourselves because this is the state that has always stood up for what's right."

Regulatory Action

The updated DFS regulation mandates that health insurers:

Expand coverage requirements for contraceptive drugs, devices or other products for women approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration. Require coverage for emergency contraception with no cost sharing when acquired in any lawful manner including on an over the counter basis from an out of network pharmacy;
Permit a woman to fill 12 months of a prescribed contraceptive at one time, removing the previously required three-month trial period;
Cover voluntary sterilization procedures for women and over-the-counter contraceptives without cost-sharing; and
Do not place restrictions or delays on contraceptive coverage not otherwise authorized under the regulation. This provision would prohibit quantity limits and other such restrictions.

The regulation codifies guidance issued in January 2017 regarding information that must be provided in formularies regarding contraceptives, including noting which contraceptives are covered without cost-sharing. Insurers will be required to publish an easily accessible, up-to-date, accurate and complete list of all covered contraceptive drugs, devices and other products on their formulary drug lists, including any tiering structure and any restrictions on the manner in which a drug may be obtained.

The accompanying DOH regulations permit a woman insured through Medicaid to fill 12 months of a prescribed contraceptive at one time, whereas previously, the limit was three months.

A copy of the proposed regulations can be found here.

"I lost my seat in Congress over my steadfast support of the Affordable Care Act and the contraception mandate, and I know how critically important it is to protect these rights at the state level," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who attended today's event. "That is why I stand with the Governor and the women of this great state in fighting back to ensure protections and safety for women when it comes to their reproductive health. Given all that is happening in Washington, these actions will protect women's reproductive rights. As President of the State Senate, I'm also calling on Senate Republican leadership to protect the women of this state and pass the Reproductive Health Act and codify Roe v. Wade. No one should tell us what to do with our bodies. Not now, not ever."

"Contraception has been a critical means for women to gain economic and social independence," said Financial Services Superintendent Maria T. Vullo. "Reproductive choice is a fundamental right and New York will not tolerate any impediments or impairments of that right. DFS will take all necessary actions to ensure that insurers cover contraceptives and voluntary sterilization with no copayments, deductibles or any out-of-pocket costs and ensure that New York continues to lead the nation in championing women's rights and access to reproductive healthcare."

"The regulations announced today demonstrate once again Governor Cuomo's commitment to protecting and expanding women's rights in health care," said New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard A. Zucker. "Family planning is an essential part of overall wellness, and that must include unfettered access to birth control and the ability for each woman to choose how she receives it."

Legislative Action

Governor Cuomo is calling on the Senate to reconvene to vote to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade into New York State Law. For years, Governor Cuomo has pushed to codify the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision and subsequent rulings into State law to secure women's access to reproductive health options. Governor is again calling for the passage of legislation to ensure the right of women to make personal health care decisions to protect their health in addition to their life and ensure that health care professionals can provide these crucial services without fear of criminal penalty.

Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez said, "Governor Cuomo is taking swift and appropriate action to preserve and support health care services for women in New York. The federal government's attempt to set back women's rights and erode the progress made will not be tolerated. We will take all steps necessary to protect reproductive rights in this great state."

Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said, "Women's rights are under attack. Another Trump-appointed Justice will guarantee an ultra-conservative Court that is even more hostile to women's health care protections. This will have dire consequences if we don't act because New York decriminalized abortion before the Roe v. Wade decision. The women of New York State are looking to us to protect their hard-won rights, and we must not fail them."

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said, "The administration in Washington is preparing yet another assault on women's reproductive rights with the nomination of an ultra-conservative Supreme Court justice. Earlier this year, and in countless previous legislative sessions, the New York State Assembly passed legislation to codify Roe v. Wade. Year after year, our Republican colleagues in the Senate neglect to pass this legislation, insisting there is no threat to Roe v. Wade. Their inaction has shamefully put women's reproductive health care in jeopardy. It's time to codify Roe v. Wade. No more excuses."

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James said, "The assault by the Trump Administration against women's health care goes against our beliefs as New Yorkers. Governor Cuomo's actions ensure women will continue to receive the full range of health care options they deserve. New York will continue to fight against regressive politics and serve as a beacon for women's rights."

Robin Chappelle Golston, President & CEO, Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts, said, "The Trump Administration is committed to ensuring that millions of women across America lose essential access to the health care they absolutely require. We are facing an unprecedented attack on our health care, and rights by a federal government determined to replace evidence-based medically accurate public policy with politically driven ideology. Governor Cuomo is standing up today to remind the nation that New York won't go backwards; we won't sit back quietly as our rights evaporate and we will resist this dismantling of our constitutionally protected rights."

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For Immediate Release: 7/9/2018
GOVERNOR ANDREW M. CUOMO



VIDEO, AUDIO, PHOTOS & RUSH TRANSCRIPT: GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES NEW ACTIONS TO PROTECT REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS IN FACE OF FEDERAL ASSAULT

Governor Directs Department of Financial Services to Require Health Insurers to Cover Emergency Contraception, Over the Counter and 12 Months of Contraception Without Cost-Sharing

Ahead of Supreme Court Nomination, Governor Calls on Senate to Reconvene and Vote on Codifying Roe v. Wade into State Law

Builds Upon the 2018 Women's Agenda: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity


Earlier today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced new actions to protect reproductive rights as the federal government is poised to nominate an extreme conservative Supreme Court Justice who could roll back advancements in reproductive health care. Through regulations by the Department of Financial Services and Department of Health, New York State will ensure an insurer must cover over the counter emergency contraception in addition to all other contraceptive drugs, devices or other products for women approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration and, as well as the dispensing of 12 months of contraceptive at one time, all without co-insurance, co-pays or deductibles.

The Governor today also called on the Senate to reconvene and vote on codifying the protections of Roe. v. Wade into State law. The Assembly has passed legislation to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade for the last six years, including during the 2018 Legislative Session. Today's actions builds on Governor Cuomo's 2018 Women's Agenda: Equal Rights, Equal Opportunity. More information is available here.

VIDEO of the Governor's remarks is available on YouTube here and in TV quality (h.264, mp4) format here.

AUDIO of the Governor's remarks is available here.

PHOTOS of the event are available on Governor Cuomo's Flickr page.

A rush transcript of the Governor's remarks is available below:

Governor Cuomo: Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Are we ready to fight back? Are we ready to fight back? Are we ready to fight back? You know we are. Let's give a big round of applause to Robin Chappelle Golston and Planned Parenthood, thank you. These great advocates up here, thank you. Our great Lieutenant Governor, Kathy Hochul, let's give her a round of applause, thank her for her advocacy. Our great Congresswoman whose district we are in, Nydia Velazquez. And our great Public Advocate Tish James. Have a seat, have a seat. And all my colleagues from the Legislature who've done great, great work in advancing the cause of women, let's give them a round of applause.

Tish James says I'm a feminist and she's right. God told me I was a feminist when he gave me three daughters. My father was a feminist. God told him he was a feminist when he had 14 grandchildren. 13 girls out of 14 grandchildren. And I am proud, and I am proud that New York is a state of feminists, by the way. And it is time for us to take action. Kathy Hochul is exactly right, these are frightening and challenging times. What makes it worse is the threat comes from our own federal government. They are the ones are creating the challenge and the threat. And the truth is we have an extreme conservative philosophy in Washington that is trying to take over the country. The reporters say to me "why do you call them extreme conservatives?" I said "two reasons. One, they're extreme. Two, they're conservative. Hence extreme conservatives." Which means they have very conservative ideology but they're extremists because they want to take that ideology and impose it on us. They have their own view of what is the right lifestyle and what is the right religion and what an American should look like. And they are then going to take that and impose it on us. They don't approve of the LGBTQ lifestyle. So they treat them like second class citizens. They believe what religions are right and what religions are wrong and they don't believe that Muslims follow the right religion and they don't want them in this country. They have their own view of America and who should be Americans. If you listen to them, you would take down the Statue of Liberty. You would rewrite the poem of Emma Lazarus. What they are doing, separating children from their parents at the border is inhumane, it is grotesque, it is illegal, it is un-American and I am so proud this state has stood up and sued the federal government for what they're doing.

They are pro-management and they are pro rich, that's why they're against the working class and the working families. That's why they had the Supreme Court decide that Janus decision trying to end labor unions as we know them. It's labor unions that build the middle class and we will stand with them and stand strong and stand proud. 154 mass shootings this year, 154. Many in schools. Many children. But their gun obsession and their ownership by the NRA has caused them to fail to protect American innocence. New York stood up. We passed the best gun control law in the United State of America, the Safe Act. Thank you New York State legislature. We came back this year and we now take guns from perpetrators of domestic violence saving lives. And one of the other things the federal government has done literally from day one, has shown total disrespect to women. The disrespect they show is personal. Its professional and it is governmental. You have the Me Too movement where thousands of women had the courage to come forward and the federal government has done nothing. The silence has been deafening. Not in New York State. We just passed the strongest anti-sexual harassment policy in the United States of America. But now it gets worse because the real power in the presidency is the Supreme Court. Most actions the President has to go through Congress and there's opposition in Congress. You have to deal with great champions like Nydia Velasquez, but when it comes to the supreme court you appoint the Supreme Court if you have the Senate and they'll confirm your people. The power of the Supreme Court is absolute. And he knows this and he has been using it. The Supreme Court has become a rubber stamp for this President. He did the anti-Muslim travel ban, they upheld it. They upheld his immigration policy. They upheld his anti-union policy with the Janus decision and mark my words they are moving to roll back Roe v. Wade. That is going to be the next move by this President. And by the way, they say it. It's not like you have to read the tea leaves. It's not like you have to have some great insight. They believe it. This is their view of the world. This is their view of religion. This is their view of what god says should be done. And their view of what god says should be done is the view they're going to impose on you by law. What a great act of hypocrisy. These conservatives. Conservatives always argued limit the government, remember? States' rights, pull back the federal government. What do they know in Washington? Until they took control of the federal government. Then it was the exact opposite. Then the federal government is omniscient and omnipresent and the federal government should dictate the law of the land to everyone. Not in New York State.

Roe v. Wade was 1973. 1973. They want to take us back to before 1973. Just think about it. They want to take us back to the dark days. Remember when the President, during the campaign, would say, I want to make America great again? Again. It was all retrospective. It was that America was great at one time. And you know his time when it comes to women? Before 1973. Before Roe v. Wade. Before women had the constitutional, legal protection to control their own bodies. That's what he's saying and that's what he's doing.

And I'll tell you how absurd this is. We have been trying to pass a reproductive health act in the state of New York. We have a Senate that is controlled by Republicans who drank the Trump Kool-Aid one hundred percent. But one of the reasons they opposed it—they said well, we have Roe v. Wade in law and there's no way anybody would ever think of overturning Roe v. Wade. These were the Republican Senators just a couple of years ago. Telling me it's unimaginable that anyone would try to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Well they elected someone who wants to do the unimaginable, which is to take us back before 1973, to disrespect women, to disempower women. Unfortunately, there are states' rights too. Before there was a federal government, there were state governments and states can protect themselves. And this is a fight. And this state is going to protect itself because this is the state that has always been the progressive capital of the nation from day one. When it came to protecting labor rights, immigrant rights, it was always New York that stood up. It was New York that stood up. It was New York that stood up and proclaimed women's rights before anyone else. Seneca Falls, Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

It was New York that stood up as one of the first states to say, we have to protect a women's reproductive health rights. 1970—we passed the law protecting a woman's right to have an abortion. Before Roe v. Wade—1970. So New York is going to lead the way once again. We have passed a New York version of Roe v. Wade. We need a New York State law that codifies Roe v. Wade. New York State never codified Roe v. Wade because we had Roe v. Wade and it was unimaginable, as I mentioned, that it would ever be rolled back. We now need a New York State law codifying Roe v. Wade which goes further and has more protections than our current state law, and we need a state law that takes it out of the criminal code because that will frighten doctors in the medical community and women. I proposed a law, the State Assembly has passed the law, we need the New York State Senate to come back to Albany. The law is passed. It is sitting there by the Assembly. We need them to come back today and pass that law and we need them to pass that law now, before the worst happens, before he gets his next Supreme Court Justice and before they overturn Roe v. Wade. And there's no ducking this issue. And I want to say clearly to the Senate Republicans, it's very simple - the bill is on your desk. You either come back and protect a woman's right to choose and respect a woman's reproductive health rights, or the voters of this state are going to say to you in November, "You're with Trump? Well you're fired from the New York State Senate."

And we're not going to wait or rely on the New York State Senate Republicans. I'm going to sign an Executive Order today that protects a woman's right to choose, protects a woman's right to contraceptive care. No insurance company can deny it. No bureaucracy can deny it and no federal agency can deny it. And my friends, my last point is this - Congresswoman Velasquez said, sometimes you have to make trouble. Good trouble. I'm sorry I don't want to misquote you. It's your district. But it's my state. These are frightening times. These are challenging times. This is a nation struggling. This is a nation that is lost. This is a nation that is under attack from within. And the state of New York is not just another state, he says with a New York arrogance. It is a state that has always led the way in times of trouble. And when the different political winds were blowing and people wanted to know what is the way forward, they looked to New York. And New York always pointed the way forward.

This is not a time to allow these actions to happen sitting down. This is the time to fight back. this is the time to resist. This is the time to make your voice heard. This is the time where every New Yorker has to say, you're not talking the woman's right to reproductive rights away. You're not going to separate families who come here and are new immigrants. We're not going to allow you to end labor unions. We're not going to allow you to end the middle-class and working family dreams. You're going to have to do it over our dead body because we're not going to stop our progress fight for this federal government. Let's sign the Executive Order.

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