"The legislation ... is all about restoring America's commitment to care and to compassion. It would fund women's health, not Planned Parenthood," McConnell said from the Senate floor. 
Reid fired back, suggesting that the legislation will fail to get the 60 votes needed to move forward. 
"The Planned Parenthood bill isn't going anywhere in the Senate," he said. "Senate Democrats will fight vigorously this and any other attempt from Republicans to deprive American women of healthcare." 
The political back-and-forth comes ahead of a vote later Monday to end debate on moving forward with legislation that would cut off federal funding to Planned Parenthood and redirect it to other women's health organizations. 
The vote was scheduled after the release of a series of undercover videos on Planned Parenthood's fetal tissue donation program. 
If McConnell can get the support of every Republican senator, he would still need six Democrats to be able to proceed with the bill. So far, Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinBiden promises Democratic senators help in battleground states Senate leaders quash talk of rank-and-file COVID-19 deal OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week | EPA reappoints controversial leader to air quality advisory committee | Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' MORE (D-W.Va.) is the only Senate Democrat who has said that he will vote for the legislation, while a handful of Republicans have suggested they will vote against it.    
But McConnell sought to pressure additional Democrats to buck leadership and support the bill, suggesting that the vote is a choice between "subsidizing a political group" or protecting women's health.  
"Instead of subsidizing a political group, this bill would protect federal funding for health services for women," the Republican leader added. "I know Democrats have relied on Planned Parenthood as an ally recently, but ... they must care about women's health as much as they care about some scandal-plagued political organization." 
Reid, meanwhile, doubled down on the argument that the legislation is an attack on women's health.
"Over the past months, Republicans have worked to trick American women into believing that Republicans don't really want to limit access to contraceptives or other critical health services provided by Planned Parenthood," he said. "Votes like this one we're going to take in a couple of hours lay bear the truth."