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Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) has announced his intention to vote “no” on the Democrats’ abortion bill; Manchin says the bill goes too far, wiping 500 existing abortion laws off the books.

From Fox News…

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., will be opposing a Democratic abortion bill when it is up for a procedural vote Wednesday afternoon, stating that it is too broad for his liking.

Manchin said that while he would vote for a bill that would legalize abortion on the federal level, the bill before the Senate now “is not what I was hoping for and what I expected” because it goes too far.

“I was hopeful that the Democratic Party having control of the agenda would put a piece of legislation forward that would codify Roe v. Wade,” Manchin said, stating that 70% of the American people want this.

“To me, that would be the reasonable, rational thing to do. The bill we have today to vote on, Women’s Health Protection Act … make no mistake, it is not Roe v. Wade codification, it is an expansion. It wipes 500 state laws off the books, it expands abortion.”

Politico reporter Burgess Everett asked Manchin why he was a “no” on the vote:

“They’re trying to make people believe that this is the same thing as codifying Roe v. Wade. And I want you to know, it’s not. This is not the same. It expands abortion”