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Manchin Will Vote to Defund Planned Parenthood


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Matthew Fleming



Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., announced Monday that he’ll join Republicans in the evening to bar funding for Planned Parenthood.


While the vote is still expected to fall short of the 60 votes needed to advance, Manchin splits what has been a largely unified Democratic front, and comes the same day Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton issued a strong defense of the group.


“Like many West Virginians, I am very troubled by the callous behavior of Planned Parenthood staff in recently released videos, which casually discuss the sale, possibly for profit, of fetal tissue after an abortion,” Manchin said. “Until these allegations have been answered and resolved, I do not believe that taxpayer money should be used to fund this organization; instead those funds should be sent to other health care providers.”


The bill the Senate will vote on Monday night would bar federal funding of Planned Parenthood permanently, yet Manchin’s comments leave room for his possible support in the future, depending on the findings of an investigation into the nature of the harvesting and sale of fetal body parts following a series of undercover videos taken by an anti-abortion group.






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