To the editor,

As the federal government puts pressure on grantees of the Title X program to comply with these unethical new rules that dismantle the intent of this vital program, New York state is stepping up to continue to provide access to care.

Last year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo vowed to protect access to family planning services and the legislature took action to create a contingency fund within this year’s budget as a safeguard should litigation efforts to block the gag rule fail. Now, with the gag rule in effect, we are working closely with state leadership to protect access to care for all New Yorkers who need it regardless of federal action.

Our doors are open today and will continue to be open. But make no mistake - this rule puts access to quality reproductive and sexual health care at risk for millions nationally and deeply burdens states like New York who are forced to use scarce resources to ensure those who need care the most are able to receive it.

The gag rule is an assault on our health, our rights, and our freedoms, and we will not stand for it. We will continue to work closely with our policymakers to protect access to care here in New York. It is a collective commitment and a collective fight.

Robin Chappelle Golston

President & CEO

Planned Parenthood NY

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