Pro-Life Groups Target Senator Who Flip-Flopped on Planned Parenthood - 'Enough of the Mere Lip Service'


West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin has become wishy-washy in his support for pro-life.

Manchin had been known for his attention to pro-life issues and promising to defund Planned Parenthood.

But recently, his stance on the issue has taken a different turn, and he has been supporting the organization that performs hundreds of thousands of abortions.

Manchin issued a statement on Aug. 3, 2015, responding to “the callous behavior of Planned Parenthood staff in recently released videos, which casually discuss the sale, possibly for profit, of fetal tissue after an abortion.”

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“Until these allegations have been answered and resolved, I do not believe that taxpayer money should be used to fund this organization; instead those funds should be sent to other health care providers, including community health centers, which provide important women’s healthcare services,” the statement said.

“While my vote is one that will prevent taxpayers dollars from going to Planned Parenthood, I will remain committed to ensuring that all women in West Virginia and America receive the health care services they need.”

Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life organization whose mission “is to end abortion by electing national leaders and advocating for laws that save lives,” has committed $1.6 million to oppose Manchin and shine a light on his support for Planned Parenthood, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

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West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, a Republican, said, “Liberal Senator Joe Manchin has failed West Virginians by continuing to fund abortion provider Planned Parenthood, voicing opposition to pro-life judges, and standing with Hillary Clinton and her pro-abortion agenda,” according to the Free Beacon.

Morrisey is running against Manchin for his Senate seat.

Many Manchin supporters are upset by his inaction to defund Planned Parenthood like he had promised.

“In more than nine times out of ten, Planned Parenthood resolves pregnancy with abortion,” Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser said in a news release. “They are clearly an abortion-centered, profit-driven business — yet taxpayers are forced to fork over nearly $554 million each year to their coffers.

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“Where does Sen. Manchin stand on this injustice? Last month, he voted to force states to fund the abortion giant through Title X grants.”

The latest RealClearPolitics average of polls shows Manchin up by 7 points and Morrisey for the Senate Seat, but no poll results more recent than July 16 were available.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article mistakenly stated that the Susan B. Anthony List had spent $1.6 million in support of Sen. Manchin, rather than against him. After SBAL contacted The Western Journal on Tuesday morning, we corrected the story. We apologize for the error.

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Jennifer Bushnell is a graduate student at Ohio State University seeking to broaden her horizons in the field of writing. She loves to travel the world and will be spending much of 2018 living in Southeast Asia. In her free time, she loves laughing, reading, playing tennis and hanging around in her hammock. You can most likely catch her with some type of coffee in her hand.
Jennifer is a graduate student at Ohio State University getting her master’s degree in social work. She has a passion for community development work and serving large-scale communities to help then reach self-sufficiency. She also dabbles in missionary work as much as she can. She has co-authored a peer-reviewed article, traveled twice to Southeast Asia and New Zealand and blogs for her home church. She enjoys playing guitar, reading, laughing, tennis, and hammocking as much as she can.
Chardon, Ohio
Outstanding senior award for undergraduate studies; certified in Bridges out of Poverty Training
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Fresh Fruits: A 30-Day Devotional
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