Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards slammed the process by which the Republican-controlled Congress has been working to repeal and replace Obamacare.
"I don't know what they're cooking up in the Senate," she said, speaking at a Recode conference in California. "There have been no hearings, there has been no open process. As we all know, there has been a group of folks who are supposedly writing this bill. There are no women as part of that process, which you think would be a concern."
Republicans in the House narrowly passed their version of the bill, the American Health Care Act, in May, and the Senate is working over the Memorial Day recess to write its own version.
"I think they are going to try do the same thing they did in the House, which is recognizing that it's hugely unpopular, jam it through sort of at the last minute and hope they can sort of avoid the fallout that will happen before the 2018 elections," Richards said of the Senate.
A provision in the House Obamacare repeal bill has been referred to as "defunding Planned Parenthood" because it cuts off family planning funds for a year for organizations that also provide abortions. Under a provision called the Hyde Amendment, federal funds are prohibited from going toward most abortions, though states have varying laws. In California, for instance, all plans must cover the procedure.