Manchin Will Vote in Favor of Taxpayer-Funded Abortion

Washington Free Beacon | 11/4/2018 | Bill McMorris
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BY: Bill McMorris

Sen. Joe Manchin (D., W. Va.) said he will vote against a proposed amendment to the West Virginia constitution that would end taxpayer-funded abortion.

Democrat - Opposition - Amendment - Thursday - Debate

The Democrat announced his opposition to Amendment 1 at a Thursday debate with Republican nominee, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey. The initiative would establish that the state constitution does not guarantee abortion as a right, which would overturn a 1993 West Virginia Supreme Court ruling allowing Medicaid funding to be used for elective abortions. Under the current regime, 1,500 abortions are performed every year in the state using taxpayer funding. Manchin insisted he is pro-life, but believes taxpayers should pay for some abortions.

"I have voted pro-life my entire career with the exceptions of the life of the mother, rape, and incest," he said. "If the amendment doesn't have that in there, then no."

Amendment - Anyone - Meeting - Manchin - Conditions

The amendment would not prevent anyone meeting Manchin's conditions from obtaining abortion, but it would stop West Virginia taxpayers from footing the bill. Morrisey called Manchin's attack on the ballot initiative "dishonest."

"This is what you get when you have a dishonest Washington liberal," Morrisey said. "I oppose taxpayer funding of abortion."

Manchin - Campaign - Comment - Candidate - Democrat

Manchin's campaign did not respond to request for comment. The candidate has campaigned as a moderate pro-life Democrat. In 2014, he became the first Democrat to endorse the 20-week ban on abortion. During the 2018 midterms, however, Manchin has attempted to woo the Democratic party base, vowing to protect Planned Parenthood's annual $500 million income from taxpayers. The transition has angered pro-life activists who once considered Manchin an ally.

Susan B. Anthony List, a group that works to elect pro-life women, previously worked with Manchin to make inroads in Democratic politics. Manchin's support for Planned Parenthood funding led it to campaign against him. It has now spent more than $500,000 for voter outreach against...
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