Sen. Joe Manchin (WVA) will be the first Democrat U.S. Senator to support defunding Planned Parenthood.
Manchin said just hours before a scheduled Senate vote Monday that he is supportive of defunding Planned Parenthood following the release of undercover videos depicting the sale of aborted baby organs by the organization’s top medical personnel.
“Like many West Virginians, I am very troubled by the callous behavior of Planned Parenthood staff in recently released videos,” Manchin said in a statement, according to The Hill. “Until these allegations have been answered and resolved, I do not believe that taxpayer money should be used to fund this organization.”
Sen. Bob Casey Jr., often seen as a pro-life Democrat, said he will vote against defunding Planned Parenthood.
The Hill states that, even with Manchin’s decision to vote with Republicans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is unlikely to obtain the 60 votes needed to proceed with the measure.