A traitor is defined as one who “betrays a friend, country or principle” or defined as a “sellout to the enemy.”
Has Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) sold out to the enemy?
Are Manchin’s votes to support using taxpayer funds for the nation’s largest abortion provider a betrayal of his former pro-life views?
Is Manchin pandering to both sides of the abortion issue?
Let’s explore these questions.
West Virginia’s Senator Joe Manchin has long claimed to be pro-life. What is his voting record in the 115th Congress? A dismal 33%.
Sen. Manchin consistently votes to allow hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider that performs 900 abortions every single day.
Manchin’s response to this? “Not one dime of that money goes for abortion.”
We don’t care Senator.
Money is fungible. Planned Parenthood receives more than a million dollars a day in federal dollars. They can use that money to build more buildings, hire more staff and do more advertising. As a result, more little girls walk through their doors seeking abortions.
By voting against defunding Planned Parenthood, Sen. Manchin is keeping money from actual health care providers who will offer comprehensive health care for more women and girls, closer to home.
Depending on the pundit, Manchin’s 2018 re-election race is considered a tossup, lean, and likely. Polling indicates West Virginia’s pro-life Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and Congressman Evan Jenkins are already in striking distance.
West Virginia is a solidly pro-life state. In 2016, President Trump carried the Mountain State 69% to 27% — that’s an advantage of 42 points! Democrats ignore pro-lifers at their political peril, and not just in West Virginia.
In April, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez decided that the DNC would only support candidates who support an extreme abortion agenda calling for unrestricted abortion for any reason – including late abortions after 20 weeks and taxpayer funding of abortion.
This will cause problems for Democrats that will cause them to lose elections across the nation.
In many areas of the country, Democratic candidates must have pro-life votes in order to win, however they also must appease the pro-abortion masters of the Democratic Party, including Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and EMILY’s List.
The most ridiculous evidence of this recently took place when Sen. Manchin appeared in a picture holding a Planned Parenthood sign that read, “I stand with Planned Parenthood.”
Sen. Manchin later appeared in a picture with a pro-life group holding a sign that read, “We don’t need Planned Parenthood.”
Which is it, Joe?
There are similar situations in other parts of the country where Democratic senators must have pro-life votes to win, including Indiana (Sen. Joe Donnelly), Pennsylvania (Sen. Bob Casey, Jr.), and North Dakota (Sen. Heidi Heitkamp).
“The pro-abortion side cannot match the infrastructure and grassroots base of National Right to Life and its 3,000 chapters and state affiliates, which can respond quickly anywhere in the country,” said National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. “With this latest pro-abortion litmus test for Democratic candidates, the Democratic Party will continue to lose elections.”
National Right to Life will not allow pro-abortion candidates to hide. We will expose their extreme views of unlimited abortion and using taxpayer funding of abortion on demand.
With the help of pro-lifers across the nation, we will battle tirelessly to expose the true positions of candidates on life.
We will expose the traitors in our midst.
LifeNews Note: Karen Cross is the political director for the National Right to Life Committee.