The House of Representatives approved legislation Friday to block federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year unless the organization and its affiliates agree to not provide abortion services.
The bill passed the House by a vote of 241-187. Two Democrats joined 239 Republicans in supporting the bill.
U.S. Rep. John Katko was one of the Republicans who voted for the measure. In the past, he said, he has supported federal funding for Planned Parenthood to provide health care services for women. He noted that his wife, Robin, works as a registered nurse in women's health care.
But he's concerned by the videos a conservative group released which raised questions about Planned Parenthood's use of fetal tissue.
"There are several ongoing congressional investigations into this matter," Katko, R-Camillus, said in a statement Friday. "Until these investigations are complete and we fully understand the depth of these troubling practices, I cannot support providing taxpayer dollars to this organization."
Katko said the funds should be redirected to federally qualified community health centers to ensure women's health services will remain available. (The bill approved by the House would direct the funding to these health centers.)
Not all Republicans supported defunding Planned Parenthood.
U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, who has voted against past measures to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funds, opposed the bill approved by the House Friday. He was one of three Republicans who voted against it.
Hanna, R-Barneveld, explained his vote in a lengthy Facebook post. He asked supporters of the measure what the alternative is if federal funding is cut off for Planned Parenthood.
"The answer: There isn't one," he said.
When Texas quit providing state funds for Planned Parenthood, 42,000 women lost access to their health care providers, he said.
If the federal government does the same, Hanna said it would have a major impact.
"If enacted, this legislation would force 2.7 million people to lose their current doctor — the very thing we rightly dislike about the Affordable Care Act," he said.
UPDATED: Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesperson Meredith Kelly issued this statement in response to Katko's vote for the bill to defund Planned Parenthood:
"Congressman Katko has made it abundantly clear to central New Yorkers — he can’t be counted on to stand up for women’s health care, and he can’t even be counted on to keep his word. After promising he wouldn’t vote to defund Planned Parenthood, he did just that. John Katko has shown a total disregard for women who rely upon Planned Parenthood for access to critical, life-saving health care services like mammograms and cervical cancer screenings. Women across central New York deserve a leader who will stand up for their health care needs instead of the radical ideology of the Republican Congress."
Here is how New York's House delegated on voted on the bill to defund Planned Parenthood:
YES - 8
Rep. Chris Collins (R), Rep. Dan Donovan (R), Rep. Chris Gibson (R), Rep. John Katko (R), Rep. Peter King (R), Rep. Tom Reed (R), Rep. Elise Stefanik (R), Rep. Lee Zeldin (R)
NO - 19
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D), Rep. Joseph Crowley (D), Rep. Eliot Engel (D), Rep. Richard Hanna (R), Rep. Brian Higgins (D), Rep. Steve Israel (D), Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D), Rep. Nita Lowey (D), Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D), Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D), Rep. Gregory Meeks (D), Rep. Grace Meng (D), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D), Rep. Charles Rangel (D), Rep. Kathleen Rice (D), Rep. Jose Serrano (D), Rep. Louise Slaughter (D), Rep. Paul Tonko (D), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D)