Joe Manchin Won't Vote for Extreme Abortion Bill, But He Does Have Something to Say on Roe

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Posted: May 11, 2022 2:15 PM
Joe Manchin Won't Vote for Extreme Abortion Bill, But He Does Have Something to Say on Roe

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On Wednesday, Senate Democrats are set to vote on an extreme abortion bill known as the Women's Health Protection Act (WHPA) that will not only codify 1973's Roe v. Wade but do far worse, as Guy highlighted last week. All eyes have been on Sen. Joe Manchin, a conservative, pro-life Democrat from West Virginia. Hours before the vote, he confirmed he is indeed voting against it, consistent with his previous vote on the bill earlier this year. 

Manchin spoke with CNN's Manu Raju to confirm that he is a "no" vote and shed some light on his overall position about abortion, including how he is one of the few remaining pro-life Democrats in federal office. 

Sen. Manchin is right to fear such "an expansion" of Roe in that it would do away with pro-life laws that have been passed at the state level for years. Pro-abortion Democrats, such as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), have gotten something right in their fear-mongering, which is that states have been passing a record amount of pro-life laws in recent years.

That being said, under Roe v. Wade and its companion case of Doe v. Bolton, as well as 1992's Planned Parenthood v. Casey, states are nevertheless limited under what laws they can pass to restrict or regulate abortion.

Manchin's stance led National Review Online's Dan McLaughlin to question if the senator was even pro-life. 

Sen. Manchin appears to have the same position as Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, who considers herself a pro-choice Republican. She voted against the WHPA earlier this year as well and plans to vote against it again on Wednesday. She and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), another pro-choice Republican, have introduced their own legislation to codify Roe and Casey. 

While Roe remains the law of the land, the United States is just one of seven nations that allows for elective abortions past 20-weeks. 

As a result of his position on the bill, "Manchin" is trending on Twitter, along with "Women's Health Protection Act." 

Sen. Manchin has also voted against the party line when it comes to keeping the Hyde Amendment in place, which protects taxpaying Americans from having to fund elective abortions. The budget rider, which has passed every year since 1976, once had heavily bipartisan support, including from President Joe Biden when he was a senator from Delaware and vice president under the Obama administration. Democrats finally caved when it came to allowing it this year, though they are no less relentless in their pro-abortion agenda and have left it out again for the next budget. 

Polls continuously affirm that the Hyde Amendment is popular with the American people.