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New ads expose Republican Congressman Richard Hanna over his support for abortion funding

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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 10, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Rep. Richard Hanna, R-NY, was the only Republican congressman to vote against a bill ending federal funding of abortion. Now a pro-family super PAC is purchasing ads on four radio stations in his district in the hopes that his record will make him a former Republican congressman.

“We're just talking about Congressman Richard Hanna and how he doesn't care about us,” the woman's voice says during the ad. “When all other Republicans and some Democrats voted to stop federal funding of abortion, he cast the only Republican vote to keep your tax dollars flowing to the abortion industry.”

“No American should ever be forced to pay for the abortions of others,” she concludes. “Don't re-elect Richard Hanna, and keep some of your hard-earned dollars."

Polls show a strong majority, perhaps as high as two-thirds of Americans, oppose taxpayer funding of abortion. Planned Parenthood received $540.6 million from federal, state, and local taxes in 2012.

Late last month, the House of Representatives passed Congressman Chris Smith's No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act by a vote of 227-188. The bill would disallow the use of taxpayer funds for any abortion except in the cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother and bar the use of federal funds to subsidize any health care plan that provides for abortion coverage.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced that the bill would move forward for a vote during a brief speech at this year's March for Life.

Congress combined the bill with Smith's Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act, which requires health insurance companies to clearly disclose whether their plans cover abortion-on-demand.

President Obama promised to veto the bill if it lands on his desk, saying it “would intrude on women's reproductive freedom and access to health care” and “increase the financial burden on many Americans.” However, the Democrat-controlled Senate has shown little inclination to allow a full vote on the measure.

Yet as his party tries to position itself as a strong voice for life ahead of the 2014 midterm elections, Hanna voted against the combined bill.

Conservative Party of New York State Chairman Michael Long told LifeSiteNews that Hanna's vote “is a clear example of why he does not have our endorsement,” a benefit Hanna lost when running his first re-election campaign in 2012.

"While Americans are divided on the issue of abortion, they are united on the issue of using taxpayer money to pay for it,” said Connie Mackey, president of the Faith Family Freedom Fund. The group, which made the ad buy, is a super PAC associated with the Family Research Council.

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“Congressman Richard Hanna ignored the will of the people by voting against common sense legislation that would ensure American tax dollars in ObamaCare and other federal programs aren't used to pay for abortions. The people of New York deserve better,” Mackey said. “We are now joining with concerned taxpayers in the 19th District in working to remove Congressman Hanna on election day.”

You may hear the full ad here.

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