Sen. Manchin Explains Why He Stood When President Trump Called For An End To Late Term Abortions

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Tuesday, during President Trump’s State of the Union address, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin stood and cheered a call to ban late-term abortions.

Sen. Joe Manchin was one of the few Democrats attending the event who applauded President Trump’s call for action. All Republican lawmakers stood and clapped, while most of Democrats remained in their seats.

“There could be no greater contrast to the beautiful image of a mother holding her infant child than the chilling displays our nation saw in recent days,” said President Trump pointing to the passage of extreme abortion legislation.

Among the displays is “the case of the Governor of Virginia, who basically stated he would execute a baby after birth,” the President continued, referring to Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s comments made on January 30 appearing to condone infanticide.

It’s worth to mention that Sen. Manchin refused to condemn Northam’s comments. “I haven’t seen anything. I’ve been in retreats. Obviously I just got out of a meeting,” Sen. Manchin told The Daily Caller when asked for a reaction to Gov. Ralph Northam’s remarks.

“To defend the dignity of every person, I am asking the Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the late-term abortion of children who can feel pain in the mother’s womb,” President Donald Trump stated.

The President’s remarks refer to the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, introduced last Monday by Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse.

The bill would mandate that babies born in abortion clinics must be immediately taken to the hospital to receive medical attention.

Just few days prior to the SOTU, a majority of Democrats on Capitol Hill were not willing to discuss bills allowing abortion until birth.

The President’s remarks come after a number of proposals to expand abortion access in Vermont, Rhode Island, Virginia, Maine, Maryland and New Mexico.

On January 22, New York passed the Reproductive Health Act codifying a woman’s ability to abort under state law, allowing women to have abortions after 24 weeks in cases where “there is an absence of fetal viability, or at any time when necessary to protect a patient’s life or health,” according to the legislation.

Senator Joe Manchin refused to respond on The Daily Caller’s request for comment in time for publication.