A leading anti-abortion group is launching a new ad campaign against Democratic Sen. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinBriahna Joy Gray: Push toward major social spending amid pandemic was 'short-lived' Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels Biden discusses agenda with Schumer, Pelosi ahead of pivotal week MORE (W.Va.) over his stance on Planned Parenthood.
The group Susan B. Anthony List is launching $785,000 in TV and radio ads against Manchin, who faces a tough reelection race this year in a red state easily won in 2016 by President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Defense & National Security — The Pentagon's deadly mistake Overnight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Interior returns BLM HQ to Washington France pulls ambassadors to US, Australia in protest of submarine deal MORE.
Susan B. Anthony List said in a statement that although Manchin “claims to be pro-life,” he has “flip-flopped to side with Planned Parenthood.”
Manchin voted in 2015 to defund Planned Parenthood, but the ads point to his more recent vote in 2017 in favor of an Obama administration rule restricting states from cutting off funds to the organization.
Manchin also said last year that he would vote to fund Planned Parenthood as long as the longstanding ban on federal funding for abortion remains in place.
Susan B. Anthony List said that since his vote in 2015, Manchin “has caved to pressure from Democratic Party leadership and the abortion lobby to vote in support of Planned Parenthood and said he would do so again.”