It was sad to see a representative with so much promise fail so miserably. In a floor vote, Rep. John Faso (R-Kinderhook), representing New York’s 19th Congressional District, chose to support Planned Parenthood and the Obama Administration over his pro-life base.
On February 16, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives voted on H. J. Res. 43, sponsored by Rep. Diane Black (R-TN). This resolution would use the Congressional Review Act to nullify an 11th hour Obama Administration Health and Human Services rule that was designed to prevent states from redirecting Title X funds away from organizations that provide abortions, such as Planned Parenthood. The action would not require that the funding cease. It would only permit each state the right to make decisions regarding what kinds of women’s healthcare facilities it would fund with federal taxpayer dollars. In other words, Congressman Faso voted to continue an Obama Administration mandate that taxpayer dollars fund Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers, rather than allow states to make the choice.
In a statement, Jason J. McGuire, Executive Director, New York for Constitutional Freedoms, said:
“Rep. Faso, on behalf of your pro-life constituency, please know that we are deeply troubled by the pattern that is developing so early in your congressional term. This is not how a congressman who self-identifies as pro-life votes on pro-life issues. We also object to your efforts to undermine our work with Republican leadership. Please course correct before your constituents are forced to do so.”
Rep. Faso was one of only two Republicans in the nation to fail on this pro-life and states’ rights issue. All other New York Republicans, Reps. Chris Collins (NY-27), Dan Donovan (NY-11), John Katko (NY-24), Pete King (NY-2), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Claudia Tenney (NY-22), Tom Reed (NY-23), and Lee Zeldin (NY-1) all supported the pro-life position. All Empire State Democrats in the House of Representatives joined Rep. Faso in voting against the measure.
Ultimately, the measure passed 230-188. It is expected to pass the U.S. Senate and ultimately make it to the President’s desk.
Constituents concerned about Congressman Faso’s growing pattern of support for Planned Parenthood, are encouraged to let him know that his departure from pro-life values cannot continue. Rep. Faso is on Facebook and Twitter. Additionally, those who live in New York’s 19th Congressional District, can send Rep. Faso a message via email here.