Cuomo Fails to Follow Through on Reproductive Rights Amendment

In January, Cuomo promised an amendment that would protect a woman’s right to choose; five months later New Yorkers are still waiting

 Bill Samuels, a prominent progressive activist, today called out Governor Andrew Cuomo for his failure to follow through on not his pledge to protect a woman’s right to choose through the passage of an amendment to the New York Constitution.

This January at the Family Planning Advocates’ 2017 Day of Action, Governor Cuomo said, “I propose today a constitutional amendment to write Roe v. Wade into the New York Constitution so that nobody can change it, no Supreme Court nominee.  Because we’re going to protect a woman’s right to choose in the State of New York.”

After the event, a spokesperson for the Governor, Abbey Fashouer, added that the details of the amendment would be released “shortly.”

Yet nearly five months after the Governor’s speech, no amendment has been submitted by the Governor’s Office to the State Senate or Assembly. With only 4 days left in the 2017 legislative session, Cuomo has not even discussed the amendment publicly since the January event in which he made headlines by announcing it.

“Cuomo pretends to be a leader in protecting a woman’s right to choose, but his failure to follow through on his rhetoric is just another sad example of his long history of empty promises,” said Bill Samuels, the founder of the nonpartisan government watchdog group EffectiveNY.  “We have an administration in Washington that’s trying to tear up many of the freedoms New Yorkers have depended upon and prized for decades. It’s the Governor’s duty to protect our citizens not just with words, but with actions.”

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