ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered a speech in Albany on Tuesday at the Planned Parenthood New York State Day of Action.
More than 1,500 supporters and advocates began the day with a rally at the Convention Center and then spoke with lawmakers at the New York State Capitol. The goal of the event was to urge lawmakers to include the Women's Agenda in the state's budget and fund the Family Planning Grant.
Provisions of the Women's Agenda include decriminalizing abortion, improving access to contraception, preventing maternal mortality and advancing sex education.
Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul also spoke at the event. The outgoing president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Cecile Richards, also addressed the crowd with a speech that focused on progression.
"Folks deserve access to healthy pregnancies. We’ve got to end maternal mortality in this country," said Richards.
"Women are not going back. Women are going forward. Society is not going back; society is going forward," Cuomo said.
"As long as New York State can continue to build laws and policies that support and protect women’s access to healthcare and education and equal pay, we’re going to be a better stronger state for it," said Chelly Hegan, president and CEO of Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood.