(Image via Flickr/@governorandrewcuomo)

(Image via Flickr/@governorandrewcuomo)

(Image via Flickr/@governorandrewcuomo)

In response to President Trump’s decision to allow employers to deny insurance coverage for birth control, Governor Cuomo is speaking out.

 

"Instead of advancing women's rights, this Administration is rolling back a century's worth of progress for women in this country. This reckless decision, which will undoubtedly come down the hardest on low-income women, is repugnant to everything we know is right and just,” the governor said in a statement Friday. "Women deserve complete autonomy over their bodies and reproductive decisions. Make no mistake - in New York, we will always protect a woman's right to choose."

 

The Trump administration’s decision will renege on Obama-era coverage guarantees for contraceptives, a measure from which millions of women have benefited, not having to shell out co-payments. Now, the changes mean those benefits may be lost.

 

However, Cuomo vowed to protect contraceptive coverage in the state.

 

"In New York, we will not allow the progress of the women's movement to be stopped,” he said. “This year, we ensured that whatever happens at the federal level, women in our state will continue to have cost-free access to reproductive health care.”