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July 18 Readers sound off

Manhattan: “Roe, Roe, Roe the vote” a July 15 editorial, was both confusing and factually inaccurate. You questioned the need for expanding reproductive rights in New York. Why is Gov. Cuomo fighting day in and day out to protect women’s rights in New York? The Supreme Court is threatening the reproductive health protections afforded by Roe v. Wade. In 1970, this state led the way in reproductive health rights by legalizing abortion, three years before the Supreme Court’s seminal Roe v. Wade decision. But as the landscape changed, we failed to keep up. Our laws don’t offer the same protections as Roe v. Wade. In fact, abortion is still part of the State’s criminal code, deterring doctors in this state from providing crucial care. Cuomo has fought against Senate Republicans for years to pass legislation that would align our laws with protections guaranteed by Roe v. Wade. This legislation would enshrine those protections in state law and ensure access to abortion care‎ in this state in case Roe is rolled back. Some said the day would never come. Well, that day is coming. The President nominated Brett Kavanaugh with the stated goal of rolling back Roe. If confirmed, he will give the Supreme Court a majority that will empower the President’s extreme conservative allies to dismantle decades of progress. Now is exactly the time to fighting to protect reproductive health rights and I am proud that our administration is leading the way. It has never been more urgent. Melissa DeRosa, secretary to the governor

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