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Colorado offered free birth control — teen births fell 40%

Postby Xenokilla » Mon Jul 07, 2014 7:38 pm

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

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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Re: Colorado offered free birth control — teen births fell 4

Postby bob_rx2000 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 6:38 am

I have no problem with a state offering free pre-conception birth control. I have huge problems with viewing abortion as a form of birth control, which is essentially how it is viewed in this country.

So far as the "undermining parental rights" argument goes, here is a hot news flash - teenaged kids are going to experiment with sex. They have been for literally thousands of years, and I don't see any really workable way to change nature in this case. So, parents, unless you're prepared to deal with 18 years of financial consequences of your decision to keep your kid away from birth control, then perhaps you should applaud the kid for having enough sense to get it before conception.

Now, let's talk about the plague of sexually transmitted disease, and then I'll ask a slightly different set of questions.
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Re: Colorado offered free birth control — teen births fell 4

Postby backstagedee » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:28 am

Classic case of misdirected cause - and - effect.
Colorado legalized pot.
Pot decreases libido (allegedly).

BINGO!!! Legalizing pot creates teenage stoners who couldn't care less about screwing. ... r-sex-life
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