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Truth Test: Hochul Ad "100%"

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BUFFALO, NY - One of the most recent ads in the many being produced by, or on behalf of candidates in the NY 27th congressional race, is an ad by incumbent Rep. Kathy Hochul called "100%".

The ad focuses in on Collins' pro-life position.

Ad transcript: "I'm Kathy Hochul and I approve of this message. Listen to Chris Collins: 'And I will have a 100% pro-life voting record.' Chris Collins promised to put the government in charge of women's health care decisions. He would ban abortion, even in cases of rape or incest. Chris Collins would end funding for Planned Parenthood too. 'And I will have a 100% pro-life voting record.' Chris Collins: He says he wants less government, but would put the government in charge of health care decisions for women."

Claim 1: Listen to Chris Collins: "And I will have a 100% pro-life voting record."

There's no doubt Collins said that, because the ad actually uses a snippet of Collins uttering those words from a WGRZ-TV story in June.

Claim 2: Chris Collins promised to put the government in charge of women's health care decisions.

While Collins opposes abortion rights, and any mandate for religious institutions to provide birth control for employees, "women's health care" is a broad term that goes far beyond abortion and birth control...so we'll call that claim misleading.

Claim 3: He would ban abortion, even in cases of rape or incest.

If he holds to his pledge to have a  "100 percent pro-life voting record", it stands to reason that Collins would oppose abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

"100 percent pro-life voting record", it stands to reason that Collins would oppose abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

"I didn't use anything other than his own words and to let the voters how extreme he's willing to go," Hochul told WGRZ-TV when asked about the ad.

However, when asked about his position on Friday, Collins told Channel 2, "I certainly respect the exception, as does Mitt Romney, in the cases of rape, incest, and the health of the mother. Of course I do."

So claim 3 is false

Claim 4: Chris Collins would end funding for Planned Parenthood too.

Claim 4: Chris Collins would end funding for Planned Parenthood too.

Collins confirmed as much on Friday. "I think the funding should not come from the federal government," Collins said. So claim 4 is true.

Claim 5: Chris Collins: He says he wants less government, but would put the government in charge of health care decisions for women.

Collins is always saying he wants less government, but as we said before, abortion and birth control--which this ad seems to focus on, are just two aspects of women's health. So that claim, along with most of this ad, (along with most any of the never ending ads you've seen from both sides in this campaign) is mostly misleading.

WGRZ-TV, wgrz.com

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