Gov. Cuomo announces new actions to protect reproductive rights


Gov. Cuomo announces new actions to protect reproductive rights

With the announcement of President Donald J. Trump’s Supreme Court Justice nominee Monday night, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said he is taking extensive precautions to protect women’s reproductive rights.In a news release, along with a live conference held in Yonkers on Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo called the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh a “federal assault,” and said New York will not be sitting idly by.“This is the time to fight back. This is the time to resist. This is the time to make your voice heard,” Gov. Cuomo said. “This is the time where every New Yorker has to say, ‘You’re not taking women’s rights to reproductive rights away.’ We’re going to protect ourselves because this is the state that has always stood up for what’s right.”The news release stated Gov. Cuomo plans to work with the Department of Financial Services and the Department of Health to require that insurers cover over-the-counter emergency contraception, in addition to all other contraceptive drugs, devices or other products for women approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Additionally, the insurers must allow the dispensing of 12 months of contraceptives at one time, all without coinsurance, co-pays or deductibles. These new regulations will also cover the voluntary sterilization procedures for women and over-the-counter contraceptives without cost-sharing.In regard to the threat of Roe v. Wade being revoked, Gov. Cuomo has called on the Senate to reconvene and vote on codifying the protections into state law. This has passed in the Assembly for the last six years, including during the 2018 Legislative Session.Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins spoke at the conference, and said politics have drastically shifted since Roe v. Wade was first signed.“In 1970, people understood from both parties that this wasn’t a partisan decision,” Ms. Stewart-Cousins said. “But right now, you should know, in 2018, I don’t have one Republican colleague who will raise their hand and say ‘we have to protect women’s rights and we have to protect Roe v. Wade.’ How is that OK?”
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Gov. Cuomo announces new actions to protect reproductive rights

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