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

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

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

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

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

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