Senator Joe Manchin Goes Against His Party Will Vote to Defund PP

Senator Joe Manchin Goes Against His Party Will Vote to Defund PP August 3, 2015

 

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Photo Source: Flickr Creative Commons by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin https://www.flickr.com/photos/governortomblin/

Senator Joe Manchin, (D-WV) has announced that he will vote to defund Planned Parenthood today.

This is a critical vote, since Manchin is one of a handful of pro life Democrats in the United States Senate. It is possible that Senator Manchin will pay a large political price for this vote inside his own party.

One of the problems we’ve had with this particular issue is separating contraception from abortion in the public’s mind and the minds of elected officials. I can tell you that back in the years when I was pro choice, I honestly did not believe that Planned Parenthood performed abortions. I didn’t learn I was wrong until many years later.

Perhaps the videos of Planned Parenthood executives selling aborted baby body parts will clarify people’s thinking.

 

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3 responses to “Senator Joe Manchin Goes Against His Party Will Vote to Defund PP”

  1. “It is possible that Senator Manchin will pay a large political price for this vote inside his own party”

    A man of integrity always pays the price if he goes against the norm of the day. My hope is that Senator Joe Manchin will stand firm in his resolve and we, the public, support him with words of encouragement and prayer.

    I remember too, “what profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?”

    May heaven be his.

  2. I wish contraception were as hated as abortion. It is clear to me that the two are linked not only to each other, but also to a selfish streak in the American Culture which resents even conceiving of a new generation, lest that generation interfere in the holy worship of promiscuous guilt free sex.

  3. While I agree that Joe Manchin may pay a price inside the Democratic Caucus for his vote, the price he might pay within West Virginia politics if he voted no might be much steeper.

    West Virginia has transformed from a Democratic bastion into a competitive State leaning Republican almost overnight, politically speaking, and social issues, especially abortion, have largely driven that bus. I never believed in a million years that I would see a Republican (Shelley Moore Caputo) holding Robert Byrd’s Senate seat…and I am related to a former Governor and Senator from West Virginia (Matthew Mansfield Neely).

    I do think Manchin believes in the way that he voted…he is a practicing Catholic. However, I think it would be naive to presume that the increasingly conservative political environment at home played absolutely no role, and I have to think that the Democratic leadership also understands that.

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