Democrats in the House and Senate are unhappy that President Donald Trump is moving to defund Planned Parenthood and they are letting him know.
The Trump administration is rolling out a new rule Friday that would be a return to a Reagan administration policy from 1988. The policy requires places that perform abortions to have physical separation and separate staff from other family planning services. It would ban organizations that get family planning funds under the Title X Family Planning Program — a program that provides funds for organizations that provide birth control, for example — from promoting or referring patients to get an abortion. (RELATED: Trump To Propose Title X Fundings Cuts For Abortions)
Effectively, the rule would strip Planned Parenthood of some of its funding, although Congress appropriated roughly $500 million to the organization in the $1.3 trillion March omnibus. (RELATED: Trump, Congress Fund Planned Parenthood)
These partisan attacks on Planned Parenthood—which provides basic health care to more than 8,000 people a day—are dangerous. Women (and men, frankly) will get less care if this happens. We have to fight back to protect Americans’ access to health care.https://t.co/knXq7awjp6
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) May 18, 2018
This is an attack on Planned Parenthood. It’s an attack on choice. It’s an attack on women’s rights.
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) May 18, 2018
Trump’s move to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and others is disgraceful. Make no mistake, this dangerous policy will make it far more difficult for millions of women to obtain preventive health care. https://t.co/nW3jG22Dj8
— Rep. Michael Capuano (@RepMikeCapuano) May 18, 2018
.@realDonaldTrump has made clear he will stop at nothing when it comes to attacking and undermining women’s health care. Make no mistake, this ideological crusade to gut #TitleX and @PPFA has one purpose – limit women’s access to care. https://t.co/LDT7oPcZ06
— Rep. Suzan DelBene (@RepDelBene) May 18, 2018
Access to health care is a familiar argument Democrats use for those who follow the issue closely, but it doesn’t hold up necessarily when tested. For example, every person, by law, has to be seen and treated when they are presented to an emergency room.
Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA) laws require that anybody presented to an emergency department get screened.
If a hospital declines a patient who arrives in the emergency room, it could be hit with a fine (up to $50,000 per patient) or lose its Medicare accreditation. If a hospital loses Medicare accreditation, it essentially cannot do business, according to the National Center for Biotechnology Information.
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