By Laura Bassett
As the Zika epidemic threatens pregnant women throughout the Americas, House Republicans released a funding proposal on Wednesday that would eliminate a federal grant that helps low-income women and men pay for birth control and other family planning services.
Established over 45 years ago, the Title X Family Planning program provides low-cost sexual health services to about 4.1 million patients and prevents about 1 million unplanned pregnancies each year.
The House Appropriations Committee proposed cutting the program in its draft Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies funding bill for fiscal year 2017. This is the fifth time Republicans have attempted to scrap Title X.
The GOP proposal would also cut $108 million in teen pregnancy prevention grants.
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