Skip to comments.Where do Senate Opponents Joe Manchin and Patrick Morrisey Stand on Amendment 1?
Posted on 10/27/2018 9:22:55 AM PDT by Morgana
Passage of Amendment 1 in West Virginia on November 6 will return control of a state-funded abortion law to the West Virginia legislature where it belongs.
In 1993, three of the five Supreme Court Justices decided in the infamous Panepinto Decision that the taxpayer should foot the bill for abortion on demand performed for any and all reasons up to birth. Over the years 35,000 abortions are estimated to have taken place with $10 million of taxpayer dollars according to figures from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.
Its not enough that incumbent Senator Joe Manchins voting record is only 33% during the 115th Congress, he also made his complacency on Amendment 1 known when he said in a July 15 Politico article, Well see what happens.
More recently, he indicated that he doesnt understand what Amendment 1 is. In an October 22 Politico article he cited the life of the mother and rape and incest not being included in it. While the exceptions are not in the amendment, they are in West Virginia Code 9-2-11, a law on the books since 1993 that is waiting to be reinstated once Amendment 1 passes, making Panepinto null and void!
By contrast at an October 22 rally in West Virginias eastern panhandle, Attorney General Patrick Morrisey declared his allegiance to Amendment 1 and the crowd broke out in thunderous applause. No surprise.
According to a January 2018 Marist Poll, 60% of the country does not support tax-funded abortion. Those numbers are probably higher in a solid, Trump-supporting, red state like West Virginia, which the President carried by 42 points two years ago.
Patrick Morrisey has been the most pro-life attorney general in the states history supporting conscience rights of Little Sisters of the Poor, partnering with other state attorneys-general to defend pro-life omnibus bill HR 2 in Texas as well as a North Carolina law supporting a 20-week Pain-Capable bill. Morrisey promised to defend West Virginias successful Pain-Capable bill in 2015 had it been challenged in court. To date, it has not.
On the West Virginia ballot, a yes vote is a vote FOR Amendment 1. Early voting will last through Saturday, November 3.
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What is Yes on 1 in West Virginia?
Constitutional Amendment 1 to Stop State Funding of Abortion
This year, the West Virginia Legislature passed a proposed constitutional amendment, which will be on the ballot at the November election. Please vote for Amendment 1 which says: Nothing in this Constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of an abortion. Its purpose is to neutralize our state constitution on the issue of abortion and allow the state legislature to exercise its appropriate responsibility for control over the funding of abortion.
The state of West Virginia never changed the WV law banning abortion following the federal Supreme Courts abortion decisions in 1973. Women received abortions in WV under the federal constitutional provision found in Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. Then in 1993, the Panepinto Decision found the requirement of government funding of abortion in the WV Constitution.
The U.S. Supreme Court had ruled in 1980 in Harris v. McRae that the Courts 1973 abortion decisions created a right to abortion, not a government entitlement, under the federal constitution. Since then, federal Medicaid dollars have been limited to the funding of abortions only in cases that threaten the life of the mother or in rape and incest.
Following passage of Amendment 1, women in WV will still be able to have abortions under the federal constitution. When the law adjudicated under Panepinto goes back into effect, our tax dollars would be limited to paying for abortion only in the cases of life of the mother, medical emergency, reported rape and incest and fetal anomaly. If Amendment 1 passes in November, it will eliminate the Panepinto funding requirement and prevent future judges from finding abortion rights in the WV Constitution.
I have for a long time resented my tax dollars being used for abortion on demand. Roe v Wade should be re-written in language that forbids abortion on demand...is that so hard for our politicians to understand or women who demand it?
Joe swings both ways.
“I was for Planned Parenthood before I was against it”????
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