Anti-abortion group launches ads against Manchin over Planned Parenthood

Anti-abortion group launches ads against Manchin over Planned Parenthood
© Greg Nash

A leading anti-abortion group is launching a new ad campaign against Democratic Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinOvernight Energy: Trump ends talks with California on car emissions | Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal | Climate PAC backing Inslee in possible 2020 run Dems face tough vote on Green New Deal Gabbard cites ‘concerns’ about ‘vagueness’ of Green New Deal 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 John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE.

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“In West Virginia we believe in the sanctity of life,” the ad’s narrator states. “But Senator Joe Manchin voted to allow federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion business in the country.”

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.”