"It's wildly unpopular", Richards said, calling the bill a "catastrophe" for women, and arguing that "women will lose their lives" if the bill becomes law.
Rep. Kevin Brady, R-TX, praised the bill for redirecting money from Planned Parenthood to federally qualified community health centers that offer women non-violent choices.
A Washington Post reporter tweeted that President Trump told him the bill had been pulled. Fresno's Erika Shaughnessy is a Planned Parenthood patient who was there to defend it, she said, because their services are affordable.
Republican leaders can not afford more than 22 defections in the House assuming all Democrats oppose the AHCA during a Friday vote.
These grim opponents of Planned Parenthood may force Republicans into a fight they can not win.
"It's given me the autonomy to take control of my body, everything from birth control to the morning after pill to a pregnancy test to an abortion", she said.
Planned Parenthood felt the thrill of victory on March 24 when Donald Trump was forced to pull his healthcare bill after realizing he didn't have enough votes to pass it.
The Evanston Democrat singled out a provision in the bill that would defund Planned Parenthood. "If members of Congress like Congresswoman McSally can choose whatever health care provider they want to go to, then women in America should have the same right".
Arizona is a state where lawmakers are often trying to place new restrictions on abortions - not to mention prevent any taxpayer dollars from going to Planned Parenthood. A new Kaiser Family Foundation poll shows that 75% of Americans - including majorities of both Republican women and Republican men - support federal Medicaid reimbursements for Planned Parenthood. While fewer infant deaths every year is indisputably a good thing, the lingering racial disparities that divide maternal demographics are not, which makes the GOP's proposed cuts to maternal health care requirements all the more disheartening.