Two Senate Democrats say they’ll vote to defund Planned Parenthood

Two Senate Democrats say they’ll vote to defund Planned Parenthood
Sen. Joe Manchin

A pair of centrist Senate Democrats are weighing their options ahead of Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s scheduled vote on defunding Planned Parenthood, a politically thorny decision following the release of several controversial videos allegedly showing employees for the women’s health care organization discussing the sale of fetal tissue.

On Friday, Planned Parenthood turned up the pressure on moderate Democrat Joe Donnelly of Indiana, releasing a television ad touting the life-saving benefits of the women’s health organization in his red state.

For years, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid helped shield Democrats from taking such politically difficult votes, instead forcing Republicans to vote down increases to the minimum wage, paycheck equity and student loan reform proposals.

But now the tables have turned.McConnell (R-Ky.) scheduled the vote not just to satisfy his own socially conservative members, but also to put the squeeze on moderate Democrats.

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