President Trump dropped by Iowa for a rally on Wednesday evening, and Planned Parenthood's president was hoping he would decide to add one unexpected stop to his itinerary. Cecile Richards invited Trump to visit Planned Parenthood clinics in the state so that he could witness firsthand the effects that the American Health Care Act (AHCA) could have on women's reproductive health.
"Your health care repeal bill will cause millions of women to lose their insurance, could allow insurers to drop maternity coverage, and block people with Medicaid coverage from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood," Richards wrote in a letter to the president that she has since shared on Twitter.
The AHCA, which GOP senators are currently drafting behind closed doors, will cost an estimated 23 million Americans their health insurance over the next decade, according to an independent report by the Congressional Budget Office.
The proposed health care bill, which could be up for a vote before the Senate's July 4 recess, has been heavily criticized for potentially taking away subsidies for things like birth control, STD and HIV testing following sexual assault, and maternity care — all issues that millions of low-income women turn to Planned Parenthood clinics for.
The president has promised to defund the women's health organization repeatedly since he took office. Anti-abortion conservatives have supported this proposal, even though, according to Planned Parenthood, abortions make up just 3 percent of the organization's annual services.
Although Trump has not yet signed a federal law to take away Planned Parenthood funding, the effects of his rhetoric are already being seen locally — and dramatically in Iowa. Four Planned Parenthood clinics across the state will reportedly be shut down this summer as a result of Republican Governor Terry Branstad's appropriations bill that essentially defunds abortion providers.
You can read Richards' full letter to the President below.
Trump has yet to take Richards up on the offer.