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: Watchdog accuses Commerce of holding up 'Sharpiegate' report | Climate change erases millennia of cooling: study | Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget Senate nixes proposal limiting Energy Department's control on nuclear agency budget McConnell on filibuster talk: Democrats want to 'vandalize' Senate rules 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 TrumpSecret Service members who helped organize Pence Arizona trip test positive for COVID-19: report Trump administration planning pandemic office at the State Department: report Iran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report 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.”