YWCAs of New York State Support Governor Cuomo’s Efforts to Codify Roe V. Wade into New York State Law
Protecting access to the full range of reproductive health services for woman is of the utmost importance to YWCAs of New York State. Contraception, maternal healthcare, and other medical services are vital to the lives and well-being of women, and improved access to these services has empowered women, especially those of color, to have more control over their reproductive health and personal decisions regarding if and when to have children.
Denying women access to comprehensive reproductive health care services is part of a larger erosion of the rights of women. The nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court increases the potential for Roe v. Wade to be overturned. It is imperative that New York State update its nearly 50-year old abortion laws to ensure that women in New York maintain their rights under Roe v. Wade despite any potential action by the Supreme Court.
“At no time in our recent past has it been more critical for New York State officials to put aside partisanship in order to ensure that the fundamental reproductive rights of women are protected within New York State. We cannot afford to sit idly by as women’s rights continue to erode. New York State must take a stand.” states Daquetta Jones, YWCAs of NYS Board of Directors President.
YWCAs of NYS stand in support of Governor Cuomo’s call for the vote to codify Roe v. Wade into New York State law, and applaud his efforts to ensure the protections offered women by Roe v. Wade are secure in New York State, regardless of what occurs at the National level.
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YWCAs of New York State is the leading women’s organization within New York State, advocating on behalf of all YWCAs and our collective mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.