The New York State of Mind

New Yorkers have a unique state of mind. We hosted the Seneca Falls Convention. We say give us your huddled masses. We legalized abortion before Roe v. Wade. We sent Annie Edson Taylor over Niagara Falls in a barrel (look it up). We passed marriage equality.

We're unique. We're gutsy. We're fashion-forward.

And our Congressional members are too.

Right? RIGHT?!

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The Candidates

Know where they stand.

The U.S. House of Representatives is currently the most anti-choice it’s ever been. Since 2011, the House took an average of one anti-choice, anti-woman vote for each week it was in session.

EIGHT of New York’s current representatives are anti-choice and have voted with the most extreme anti-choice elements in Congress. And even more anti-choice candidates are running for office this year.

Shouldn’t New York’s representatives share the New York state of mind?

Know the facts, spread the word.



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Randy Altschuler

CD 1

Randy Altschuler is a challenger to incumbent Tim Bishop (D) in New York’s First Congressional District (Long Island).

A few years ago Mr. Altschuler ran for a New Jersey Congressional seat, claiming to be a pro-choice candidate. Now, in New York, he’s running as an anti-choice candidate.

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Peter King

CD 3

Peter King is an anti-choice incumbent representing New York’s Third Congressional District (Long Island).

Rep. King has voted repeatedly in favor of anti-choice legislation. Some bills he has voted in favor of include:

  • H.R. 1 – Would cut Title X funding family planning funding to Planned Parenthood
  • H.R. 3 – Would eliminate privately funded insurance coverage for abortion under the Affordable Care Act and redefine rape to limit survivors’ access to abortion care
  • H.R. 358 – Protect Life Act (aka: Let Women Die Act), would allow hospitals to deny abortions to women necessary to save their lives in cases where continuing the pregnancy would kill them
  • H.R. 1216 – Would amend the Public Health Service Act to cut taxpayers funds to be used for medical training that includes abortion services
  • H.R. 3541 – Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (aka: PRENDA), would ban abortions allegedly sought based on the sex of a fetus, and require doctors and nurses to report women seeking these abortions
  • H.R. 3803 – Would ban abortions in Washington D.C. after 20 weeks
  • H.R. 6079 – Would repeal the Affordable Care Act
Finally, hear from Rep. King himself what he would do with doctors who provide abortion.

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Dan Halloran

CD 6

Dan Halloran is a New York City councilmember, currently running for office in New York’s 6th Congressional District (Queens).

During his time on the New York City Council, Councilman Halloran voted against requiring crisis pregnancy centers to be honest and to disclose the limits of their services (Intro 371A). Crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are anti-choice organizations that often pose as reproductive health care facilities in order to intentionally deceive and misinform women about abortion and birth control.

While on the campaign trail, Councilman Halloran has also stated he would work to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a historic improvement to America’s health care system, and a major advancement for women’s reproductive health.

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Michael Grimm

CD 13

Michael Grimm is the representative of New York’s Thirteenth Congressional District (Staten Island).

Rep. Grimm has voted repeatedly in favor of anti-choice legislation. Some bills he has voted in favor of include:

  • H.R. 1 – Would cut Title X funding family planning funding to Planned Parenthood
  • H.R. 3 – Would eliminate privately funded insurance coverage for abortion under the Affordable Care Act and redefine rape to limit survivors’ access to abortion care
  • H.R. 358 – Protect Life Act (aka: Let Women Die Act), would allow hospitals to deny abortions to women necessary to save their lives in cases where continuing the pregnancy would kill them
  • H.R. 1216 – Would amend the Public Health Service Act to cut taxpayers funds to be used for medical training that includes abortion services
  • H.R. 3541 – Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (aka: PRENDA), would ban abortions allegedly sought based on the sex of a fetus, and require doctors and nurses to report women seeking these abortions
  • H.R. 3803 – Would ban abortions in Washington D.C. after 20 weeks.
  • H.R. 6079 – Would repeal the Affordable Care Act
Rep. Grimm voted to defund Planned Parenthood – an organization that provides women (and men) with general health care services and education – yet voted against defunding NASCAR.

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Nan Hayworth

CD 18

Nan Hayworth is the representative of New York’s Eighteenth Congressional District (Westchester).

Despite being the only female physician member of Congress, Rep. Hayworth has voted consistently in favor of anti-choice bills, including:

  • H.R. 1 – Would cut Title X funding family planning funding to Planned Parenthood
  • H.R. 3 – Would eliminate privately funded insurance coverage for abortion under the Affordable Care Act and redefine rape to limit survivors’ access to abortion care
  • H.R. 358 – Protect Life Act (aka: Let Women Die Act), would allow hospitals to deny abortions to women necessary to save their lives in cases where continuing the pregnancy would kill them
  • H.R. 1216 – Would amend the Public Health Service Act to cut taxpayers funds to be used for medical training that includes abortion services
  • H.R. 6079 – Would repeal the Affordable Care Act
She has also come out against the Obama administration’s contraceptive mandate, and public funding of abortions.

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Chris Gibson

CD 19

Chris Gibson is the representative of New York’s Nineteenth Congressional District (Hudson Valley).

Rep. Gibson is another anti-choice representative who votes in lock step with the most extreme anti-choice members of Congress. Some bills he has voted in favor of include:

  • H.R. 1 – Would cut Title X funding family planning funding to Planned Parenthood
  • H.R. 3 – Would eliminate privately funded insurance coverage for abortion under the Affordable Care Act and redefine rape to limit survivors’ access to abortion care
  • H.R. 358 – Protect Life Act (aka: Let Women Die Act), would allow hospitals to deny abortions to women necessary to save their lives in cases where continuing the pregnancy would kill them
  • H.R. 1216 – Would amend the Public Health Service Act to cut taxpayers funds to be used for medical training that includes abortion services
  • H.R. 3541 – Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (aka: PRENDA), would ban abortions allegedly sought based on the sex of a fetus, and require doctors and nurses to report women seeking these abortions
  • H.R. 3803 – Would ban abortions in Washington D.C. after 20 weeks.
  • H.R. 6079 – Would repeal the Affordable Care Act

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Matt Doheny

CD 21

Matt Doheny is a challenger to incumbent Bill Owens (D) in New York’s Twenty-First Congressional District (Northern New York State).

While not much is known about Mr. Doheny, he has said that he opposes abortions after the first trimester, and does not believe that underprivileged women should have access to affordable abortion.

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Ann Marie Buerkle

CD 24

Ann Marie Buerkle is the representative of New York’s Twenty-Fourth Congressional District (Utica).

Rep. Buerkle is one of New York State’s most notoriously anti-choice legislators. In the 1980s, she led the Syracuse Right to Life Committee and served as a spokeswoman for Friends for Life and Operation Rescue. While with Operation Rescue, she led anti-abortion protests outside doctors’ offices. Since taking office she has co-sponsored a litany of anti-choice bills, including:

  • H.R. 1 – Would cut Title X funding family planning funding to Planned Parenthood
  • H.R. 3 – Would eliminate privately funded insurance coverage for abortion under the Affordable Care Act and redefine rape to limit survivors’ access to abortion care
  • H.R. 358 – Protect Life Act (aka: Let Women Die Act), would allow hospitals to deny abortions to women necessary to save their lives in cases where continuing the pregnancy would kill them
  • H.R. 1216 – Would amend the Public Health Service Act to cut taxpayers funds to be used for medical training that includes abortion services
  • H.R. 3541 – Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (aka: PRENDA), would ban abortions allegedly sought based on the sex of a fetus, and require doctors and nurses to report women seeking these abortions
  • H.R. 3803 – Would ban abortions in Washington D.C. after 20 weeks.
  • H.R. 6079 – Would repeal the Affordable Care Act

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Maggie Brooks

CD 25

Maggie Brooks is a challenger to incumbent Louise Slaughter (D) in New York’s Twenty-Fifth Congressional District (Syracuse).

During her time on the campaign trail, Ms. Brooks has cozied up to numerous anti-choice politicians and talking heads in efforts to raise her profile and money, including John Boehner, Ann Coulter and Paul Ryan.

As Monroe County Executive, Ms. Brooks opposed extending benefits to same-sex couples legally married in other states/countries. Additionally, she has been vocal with her opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

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Chris Collins

CD 27

Chris Collins is a challenger to incumbent Kathy Hochul (D) in New York’s Twenty-Seventh Congressional District (Buffalo).

Mr. Collins is a vocal opponent of the Affordable Care Act. In fact, he claims that the American health care system doesn’t need improvement because, “People now don't die from prostate cancer, breast cancer and some of the other things.” He also attributes the high cost of health care to people living longer.

In regards to abortion, Mr. Collins has stated that he is “100% opposed to” affordable access to abortion for poor women, and would absolutely oppose confidential reproductive health care services for young women.

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Tom Reed

CD 29

Tom Reed is the representative of New York’s Twenty-Ninth Congressional District.

Rep. Reed is another member of Congress that votes consistently with his party’s extreme anti-choice platform. Some bills he has voted in favor of include:

  • H.R. 1 – Would cut Title X funding family planning funding to Planned Parenthood
  • H.R. 3 – Would eliminate privately funded insurance coverage for abortion under the Affordable Care Act and redefine rape to limit survivors’ access to abortion care
  • H.R. 358 – Protect Life Act (aka: Let Women Die Act), would allow hospitals to deny abortions to women necessary to save their lives in cases where continuing the pregnancy would kill them
  • H.R. 1216 – Would amend the Public Health Service Act to cut taxpayers funds to be used for medical training that includes abortion services
  • H.R. 3541 – Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (aka: PRENDA), would ban abortions allegedly sought based on the sex of a fetus, and require doctors and nurses to report women seeking these abortions
  • H.R. 3803 – Would ban abortions in Washington D.C. after 20 weeks.
  • H.R. 6079 – Would repeal the Affordable Care Act

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