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Dems Freak Out About Trump Defunding PP

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter

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)

 Democrats are livid about Trump’s move, calling him out for attacking women’s health and Americans’ access to health care.

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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