womensequalityThe re-election committee of Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday evening blasted the Republican-led effort in Washington to defund Planned Parenthood, calling the organization “critical” to health care.

“Planned Parenthood is a critical healthcare provider for the people of New York, and I will fight for them day in and day out,” the Cuomo email states. “Here in New York, we will not defund Planned Parenthood – not now and not in the future.”

The latest effort to end public aid to the group, which ultimately failed in the face of Democratic opposition in Congress, came after a video surfaced of a Planned Parenthood official discussing the selling of tissue from aborted fetuses.

The email itself does not raise the issue specifically of abortion services offered by Planned Parenthood.

“This was a vote to defund HIV testing, cancer screenings, pre-natal care, gynecological care, and basic, necessary healthcare,” the email states. “This would have stripped these resources from more than 2.7 million women who use them each year. The healthcare of American women and families cannot be used as a bargaining chip.”

The email from the Cuomo team also served as a way to gain more email addresses, asking recipients to sign a petition in support of Planned Parenthood.

“Sign your name with mine, we will not defund Planned Parenthood, we will defend it,” the email concludes.

Cuomo for the last two years pushed a 10-point women’s agenda, an omnibus legislative package that included provisions aimed at pay equity, curtailing human trafficking and housing discrimination against women.

But the bill stalled in the GOP-led Senate over plank aimed at codifying the Roe v. Wade decision in state law.

The governor ultimately parlayed the women’s agenda into a campaign push in 2014, creating a new ballot line centered around women’s issues — the Women’s Equality Party.

This year, the abortion provision remains blocked, but most of the remaining measures within the women’s agenda have become law.