“For far too long women in New York State have not had the right to make their own choices about their healthcare sufficiently protected and codified into law. Thankfully, that is set to change. I support New York’s Reproductive Health Act and believe that it is a critical step forward in both protecting women’s rights and providing fundamental health services in our state.

“New York has always been a leader in providing women’s health services and this legislation will re-establish that commitment, going above and beyond the federal standard for women’s care. Given the forever looming threat that reproductive health rights could be considerably scaled back in Washington, this legislation definitively stakes out New York’s claim as a progressive defender of these vital services.

“I applaud my colleague in the State Legislature, particularly Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, as well as Governor Andrew Cuomo for their leadership on this issue and for making the Reproductive Health Act a priority in 2019,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.