Joe Manchin, the only pro-life Democrat in the Senate, announce this morning that he will vote for pro-abortion Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. His vote undoubtedly erodes much of the good will with pro-life Republican voters he has earned for voting against a recent Democrat bill for abortions up to birth.
Manchin announced on Twitter he will vote for the judge, saying he’s studied her record and testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week.
“Judge Jackson’s record and career are exemplary,” he said.
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Manchin’s vote essentially means Jackson will be confirmed. Republicans needed at least one Democrat to break ranks and join them — assuming all Republicans voted agaisnt Jackson’s nomination. Liberal Republicans Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski are always question marks — making it so Republicans would have needed more than Manchin to join them in opposing the liberal judge’s confirmation, an unlikely prospect.
As a result, Jackson will likely receive 51 or 52 votes for confirmation, depending on where Collins and Murkowski come down on the nomination.
Dozens of leading pro-life groups oppose Jackson, who has called pro-life Americans “hostile, noisy and in your face” people.
Her record on unborn babies’ rights has pro-life advocates opposing her nomination. Then, Senator Josh Hawley, a pro-life Republican, raised additional concerns about Jackson’s “soft” record on child sex offenders. He voiced those concerns in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pointing to seven cases in which Jackson gave lenient sentences to criminals convicted of possessing child pornography and other child sexual abuse charges.
Jackson has the support of NARAL Pro-Choice America, which advocates for abortions without limits up to birth, as well as leftist “dark money” groups linked to pro-abortion billionaire George Soros.
She also ruled against the Trump administration’s efforts to defund the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood, and she clerked for pro-abortion Justice Stephen Breyer when he issued an opinion against the partial-birth abortion ban.
Joe Biden promised to nominate a justice who believes in the so-called “right” to abort an unborn baby. If confirmed, Jackson would replace retiring Justice Breyer.