Senate Takes Aim At Family Planning, Teen Pregnancy Prevention

June 24, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Senate Takes Aim At Family Planning, Teen Pregnancy Prevention

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A week after the House of Representatives proposed eliminating the entire Title X federal family planning program and Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, the Senate proposed keeping the programs, but slashing their funding.

The Title X program subsidizes women’s health clinics and provides birth control, HIV testing and sexually transmitted disease screenings and treatment to about 4.6 million low-income patients across the country. House Republicans have been trying to zero out funding for the program since 2011, when House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) threatened to shut down the federal government if President Barack Obama would not agree to slash the program.

Now that Republicans control the Senate, women’s health advocates worried that both chambers would conspire to eliminate Title X, which funds 4,100 health clinics nationwide and provides no- or low-cost family planning services to individuals who earn less than about $25,000 a year. But a Senate appropriations subcommittee marked up a bill on Tuesday that instead trims the national family planning program by $28.7 million, to about $258 million a year. The Senate bill also cuts the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, an evidence-based grant program, by $81 million, or 80 percent.

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