Richard Hanna, Republican state congressman from New York, voted Friday against a bill to defund Planned Parenthood for one year.
Hanna's opposition vote was no surprise as he was among just three Republicans to vote against a 2011 bill that would have cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, and was the recipient of Planned Parenthood’s Barry Goldwater Award in 2012.
In 2014, Planned Parenthood congratulated Hanna in a press statement after he won his GOP primary. “Richard Hanna’s victory shows that Republican voters will elect leaders who support women’s health,” the statement read.
“We all share a common goal: To reduce the number of abortions in this country to zero, which makes us all pro-life,” Hanna said in a statement. “But defunding Planned Parenthood won’t accomplish that goal."
Hanna reasoned that there is no alternative to Planned Parenthood for women’s health, and that Planned Parenthood provides "family planning counseling and birth control, which has been proven to reduce abortions."
Assemblywoman Claudia Tenney, a New York legislator who ran against Hanna in the GOP primary last year, told The Daily Wire she thinks Hanna "may even be the most liberally rated Republican in the country."
Tenney pointed out that Hanna is the only Republican to have voted twice against a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, making him the “celebrity of Planned Parenthood.”
Hanna is continuing to run as a liberal in a Republican district.
Others have spoken out on social media against Hanna, claiming that he has been using his Republican platform to misrepresent his pro-life constituents.
A Twitter account called "Richard Hanna Review" was assembled by Republicans and is "dedicated to watching and holding New York's 22nd District Republican Congressman Richard Hanna accountable." The account collects and 'retweets' posts describing Hanna’s questionable actions in Congress and in the press.