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Colorado offered free birth control — and teen births fell by 40 percent

Posted by on Jul. 7, 2014 at 8:59 PM
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Do you agree with this method of reducing teen pregnancy?

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A program that provides contraceptives to low-income women contributed to a 40-percent drop in Colorado's teen birth rate over five years, according to state officials.

The program, known as the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, provides intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants at little to no cost for low-income women at 68 family planning clinics in Colorado.

"THIS INITIATIVE HAS SAVED COLORADO MILLIONS OF DOLLARS"

The teen abortion rate dropped by 35 percent from 2009 to 2012 in counties served by the program, according to the state's estimates.

Young women served by the family planning clinics also accounted for about three-fourths of the overall decline in Colorado's teen birth rate during the same time period. And the infant caseload for Colorado WIC, a nutrition program for low-income women and their babies, fell by 23 percent from 2008 to 2013.

"This initiative has saved Colorado millions of dollars," Governor John Hickenlooper said in a statement. "But more importantly, it has helped thousands of young Colorado women continue their education, pursue their professional goals and postpone pregnancy until they are ready to start a family."

The program is not without controversy. Since teens don't need to be accompanied by an adult to obtain contraceptives at the facilities, critics say the initiative undermines parental rights. Some critics reject the states' numbers altogether.

Colorado's experience is part of a nationwide decline in the teen birth rate. Part of the nationwide decline can be attributed to teenage boys having less sex, but it also correlates with an increase in long-lasting, reversible contraceptive use among teens.

Still, Colorado's teen birth rate seems to be declining much more quickly than its peers. Between 2008 and 2012, the state went from the 29th lowest teen birth rate in the nation to the 19th lowest.

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viv212
by Gold Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 9:01 PM
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I sure do. Isn't that what everyone wants, to reduce abortions and practice safe sex?
GryffindorsBest
by New Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 9:04 PM
Doesn't surprise me. I got free Bc pills through a women's health clinic at age 15. Been on them since. It's a good plan for teens.
la_bella_vita
by Bella on Jul. 7, 2014 at 9:08 PM
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That's a good statistic

littlemum41
by Silver Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 9:13 PM
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 Makes sense to me! ( Remember how Moms at CM insist that teens ARE going to have sex, no matter what we say)

 

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Jul. 7, 2014 at 9:17 PM
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I would much rather have free bc given out than abortions.
bbyblueAK
by Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 9:19 PM
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I would 100% support it if it came to my state.
Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 9:20 PM
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Terrible
Practice! We should shame birth control users and ban abortion. Much better approach.
..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Jul. 7, 2014 at 9:48 PM
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I am totally in support of this.
denise3680
by Gold Member on Jul. 7, 2014 at 9:51 PM
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who knew:/  education and preventative methods reduce unwanted pregnancy, therefore reducing the need for abortions:/  Damn what a concept:/

Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Jul. 7, 2014 at 10:13 PM
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good


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