Which brings us to our own Chris Gibson, faux moderate Republican who is trying to hoodwink the voters of the newly drawn NY-19 into believing that he'll be just swell when it comes to women's issues. But don't be fooled. Gibson is as radical an anti-choice zealot as there is. Don't believe me? Gibson has a "zero" voting record with NARAL Pro-Choice America. Zero:
And here is the legend detailing the votes in question:
U.S. House of Representatives
House Votes Pro-Choice
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 01 Rep. Timothy Bishop (D) + + + + + + + + 100 02 Rep. Steve Israel (D) + + + + + + + + 100 03 Rep. Peter King (R) - - - - - - - - 0 04 Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D) + + + + A + + + 100 05 Rep. Gary Ackerman (D) + + + + + + + + 100 06 Rep. Gregory Meeks (D) + + A + + A + + 100 07 Rep. Joseph Crowley (D) + + + + + + + + 100 08 Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D) + + + + + + + + 100 09 Rep. Robert Turner (R) I I I I I I - - n/a 09 Rep. Anthony Weiner (D) + + + + + A I I n/a 10 Rep. Edolphus Towns (D) + + + + + + + + 100 11 Rep. Yvette Clarke (D) + + + + + + + + 100 12 Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D) + + + + + + + + 100 13 Rep. Michael Grimm (R) - - - - + - - - 0 14 Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D) + + + + + + + + 100 15 Rep. Charles Rangel (D) + + + + + A + + 100 16 Rep. José Serrano (D) + + + + + + + + 100 17 Rep. Eliot Engel (D) + + + + + + + + 100 18 Rep. Nita Lowey (D) + + + + + + + + 100 19 Rep. Nan Hayworth (R) - - - - - + - - 5 20 Rep. Chris Gibson (R) - - - - - - - - 0 21 Rep. Paul Tonko (D) + + + + + + + + 100 22 Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D) + + + + + + + + 100 23 Rep. Bill Owens (D) + + + + + + + + 100 24 Rep. Richard Hanna (R) + - + - + + - + 55 25 Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle (R) - - - - - - - - 0 26 Rep. Kathy Hochul (D) I I I I I + + + n/a 27 Rep. Brian Higgins (D) + + + + + + + + 100 28 Rep. Louise Slaughter (D) + + + + + A A A 100 29 Rep. Tom Reed (R) - - - - A - - - 0
Gibson voted with the Tea Party to defund Planned Parenthood several times, and he consistently voted against funding for a range of other women's health and reproductive services. But the worst of these, the ones that should disqualify Gibson from ever serving in Congress, are number seven and eight on the above list. Gibson voted to allow hospitals and health exchanges to deny abortion services to any woman they choose even if the woman's life is in danger. Did you catch that? Even if the woman's life is in danger. As in, she might die. This is not a moderate position; this is the position of a right-wing radical. There is no other way to massage this, other than the possibility that military war hero Gibson is a political coward when it comes to standing up to the idiots who control his party.
- Family-Planning Services. FY’11 Continuing Resolution, H.R.1. Pence (R-IN) amendment to disqualify Planned Parenthood and its affiliates from receiving funds appropriated by the bill. The proposal would deny basic, preventive health-care services, including birth control and cancer screenings, to millions of Americans. Passed 240-185. A pro-choice vote (+) was against the amendment (2/18/11).
- Appropriations. FY’11 Continuing Resolution, H.R.1. Final Passage. The bill reinstated the D.C. abortion ban, eliminated the Title X family-planning program, defunded Planned Parenthood, reinstated the global gag rule, and eliminated funding for the United Nations Population Fund. Passed 235-189. A pro-choice vote (+) was against final passage (2/19/11).
- Family-Planning Services. Enrollment Resolution to FY’11 Continuing Resolution, H.Con.Res.36. Proposal to disqualify Planned Parenthood and its affiliates from receiving funds appropriated by the bill. The proposal would deny family-planning and basic health-care services to millions of Americans. Passed 241-185. A pro-choice vote (+) was against the enrollment resolution (4/14/11).
- No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act. H.R.3. Final Passage. Smith (R-NJ) bill to ban effectively abortion coverage in state health-insurance exchanges, penalize small businesses and many individuals who purchase private health plans that include abortion coverage, and permanently codify the Hyde amendment, D.C. abortion ban, and other current-law bans. The bill also could spur the Internal Revenue Service to audit sexual-assault survivors who seek abortion care. Passed 251-175. A pro-choice vote (+) was against the bill (5/4/11).
- Abortion-Training Restriction. H.R.1216. Foxx (R-NC) amendment to prohibit federal funds from being used by teaching health centers for training in abortion care. Passed 234-182. A pro-choice vote (+) was against the amendment (5/25/11).
- Medical-Abortion Funding Ban. FY’12 Agriculture appropriations bill, H.R.2112. King (R-IA) amendment to bar the use of federal funds for prescription or discussion of medical abortion (RU 486). Telemedicine, a small but growing system of phone, teleconferencing, and Internet networks, helps patients link remotely to health-care providers. Passed 240-176. A pro-choice vote (+) was against the amendment (6/16/11).
- Refusals for Emergency Abortion Care. Protect Life Act, H.R.358. Capps (D-CA) motion to send the bill back to committee to fix a provision that allows hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care, even when a woman’s life is in danger. Rejected 173-249. A pro-choice vote (+) was in support of the motion to recommit (10/13/11).
- Protect Life Act. H.R.358. Final Passage. Pitts (R-PA) bill to ban effectively abortion coverage in state health-insurance exchanges. The bill also would allow hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care, even when a woman’s life is in danger, and gives states the ability to undermine coverage of many health-related services, such as contraception. Passed 251-172. A pro-choice vote (+) was against the bill (10/13/11).
So, I have an idea for you, Chris. You want pro-choice voters to support you? Stand up at a press conference and tell the voters of NY-19 that you were wrong to take these votes against women's health, and that you promise that you will never again make the same mistake. Tell the voters that choice is the settled, constitutional law of the land, and that you will do everything in your power to undermine your party's relentless War on Women.
But you won't, I realize. You're a "man of conviction," or something -- though these convictions appear to include some pretty odious misogyny.
And what the hell is up with Nan Hayworth? If she weren't a multimillionaire who can afford to travel to another country when she or her loved ones might need outlawed family planning services, you could say that she hates her own sex. But we know that's not really true -- though there's no question that she loves power more.