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Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards took to Twitter on Tuesday to invite President Donald Trump to visit one of Planned Parenthood’s clinics during his Wednesday visit to Iowa. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards took to Twitter on Tuesday to invite President Donald Trump to visit one of her organization’s clinics during his visit Wednesday to Iowa.

Trump is scheduled to speak at a rally in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Wednesday evening.

In a statement posted on Twitter, Richards wrote that “women’s health care has been under assault” during the Trump administration.

Richards criticized Trump for seeking to replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, arguing that millions of women will lose their insurance if the law is repealed.

She noted that before taking office, Trump praised Planned Parenthood. During his presidential campaign, Trump told NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that “Planned Parenthood does some very good work.”

“On this we agree,” she wrote.

“While you are in Iowa, I’m inviting you to see that work firsthand at a Planned Parenthood health center,” Richards continued. “I hope you will be interested in learning more about the lifesaving care provided there, the people who depend on that care, and the devastating impact of ‘defunding’ Planned Parenthood.”

Richards criticized Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) for seeking to strip funds from Planned Parenthood, arguing that a lack of funds caused Planned Parenthood to close four clinics in the state.

“What’s happening in Iowa is going to happen all over the U.S. if your health care repeal bill is signed into law,” Richards told Trump.

Planned Parenthood is the nation’s largest abortion provider.

A spokesperson for the White House did not immediately respond to TheBlaze’s request for comment on Richards’ invitation.

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