Saturday, September 19, 2015

Congressman John Katko votes to defund Planned Parenthood,

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, called out Congressman John Katko for putting his extreme ideological agenda ahead of the women and families he was elected to serve by voting to defund Planned Parenthood. Katko was recently put “On Notice” by EMILY’s List, making his seat a top target for Democratic takeover in the upcoming election cycle.

“Instead of spending these last few working days to pass a budget and avoid a government shutdown, Congressman John Katko and his extreme Republican colleagues were more interested in defunding Planned Parenthood, which over 179,000 people in New York state depend on for quality health care services,” said EMILY’s List spokesperson Rachel Thomas. “From opposing ending gender discrimination in pay to wanting to allow employers to deny women coverage for certain forms of birth control, this is yet another indication that Congressman Katko has no interest in looking out for women and families in his district. EMILY’s List and our three million members are watching, and we plan to send him packing in 2016.”

Congressman John Katko’s Record:

  • Katko Opposed Equal Pay Legislation. In 2014, wrote, “Katko opposes the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill in Congress that would require employers to demonstrate that wage differences among employees are based on factors other than gender [...] Katko said one reason for his opposition is that employee pay would be made public.” [Syracuse.com7/21/14]
  • Katko Called Allowing Employers to Deny Women Coverage for Common Forms of Birth Control, “the Right Decision.” In July 2014, Katko “said the Supreme Court made the correct ruling. Katko, R-Camillius, called Monday's decision ‘a logical conclusion’ to the mandate. ‘Obamacare is loaded with overreaches like that,’ Katko said by phone. ‘I think it's the right decision, but it just points at the larger problem, which is how poorly put together the Obamacare bill was. This is a watershed bill that was put together in haste, and now we're all trying to figure out how to deal with it. The Supreme Court just told us how to deal with part of it.’” [The Citizen7/01/14]
  • Katko Supported an Abortion Ban. In May 2015, Katko voted for a bill that would prohibit abortions in cases where the probable age of the fetus is 20 weeks or later and would impose criminal penalties on doctors who violate the ban. It would provide exceptions for cases in which the woman's life is in danger as well as for pregnancies that are a result of rape if, as amended, for pregnancies that are a result of rape against an adult woman, the woman received counseling or medical treatment for the rape at least 48 hours prior to the abortion. An exception would be provided for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest against a minor if the rape or incest had been previously reported to law enforcement or another government agency authorized to act on reports of child abuse. [HR 36, Vote #223, 5/13/15; CQ Floor Votes]

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