FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 11, 2018
Contact: Stephanie Reichin
Statement by Andrea Miller, National Institute for Reproductive Health President and Steering Committee Member for the New York State Council on Women and Girls
“When President Trump disbanded our nation’s critical Council on Women and Girls last fall, Governor Andrew Cuomo took action and formed New York’s own. Today, the Governor’s Office announced that ‘enshrin[ing] access to reproductive health care into New York State law’ is a top priority for 2018. When Washington, DC tries to hinder progress for women and girls, New Yorkers stand up to expand it.
Protecting safe and affordable access to abortion, contraception, and all health care is critical. Governor Cuomo’s renewed commitment to protecting and expanding abortion access and passing the Contraceptive Coverage Act (CCCA) along with his formation of a new formalized board to review maternal mortality are much-needed steps towards reproductive freedom for all New Yorkers. The ‘Report on the Status of New York Women and Girls – 2018 Outlook’ should serve as a guide for New York and a blueprint for governors in red and blue states across the country.
New York has a lasting legacy of protecting women’s health and rights and we will never be deterred by this anti-choice president’s continued attempts to strip away women’s rights.”
The National Institute for Reproductive Health (NIRH) builds power at the state and local levels to change public policy, galvanize public support, and normalize women’s decisions about abortion and contraception.