Democratic Senator Says He Will Join Republicans in Voting for Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON (AP) — West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin says he will back a Republican bill cutting off federal aid for Planned Parenthood.

West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (AP Photo/Jeff Gentner)

Manchin is a moderate and his decision Monday was not a complete surprise. Even so, Republicans were still expected to lose a Senate vote later Monday to halt federal assistance to the group.

Republicans introduced their bill after an anti-abortion group began releasing secretly recorded...

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