Pro-Choice Voter Guide: Florida District 16
Rep. Vern Buchanan
Rep. Vern Buchanan (R) is anti-choice. He is the incumbent.
Rep. Buchanan earned a 0-percent score in NARAL Pro-Choice America's 2011 Congressional Record on Choice.
Voted twice to block Planned Parenthood from receiving any federal funds, which would have denied millions of Americans access to contraception, cancer screenings, and other basic medical care.
Voted for H.R.3, a bill that would ban abortion coverage in state health-insurance exchanges; impose tax penalties on small businesses and many individuals who purchase private health plans that include abortion coverage; and make permanent several restrictions that block many women from accessing abortion care.
Voted to allow hospitals to refuse to provide emergency abortion care to women who could die without it.
In 2006, Rep. Buchanan stated: "Defend the Sanctity of Life: I am pro-life. I will work hard to defend life from conception to natural death. I oppose embryonic stem cell research and think we should instead encourage use of adult stem cells or umbilical cord cells. I support parental notice and consent and oppose partial birth abortion. I oppose federal funding of abortion. I will work to promote traditional family values and I will be a strong defender of life."
Keith Fitzgerald (D) is pro-choice.
NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has endorsed Fitzgerald.