Colorado reduces teen pregnancies and abortions, saves money — so, of course, Republicans stop the program!

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Over the past seven years, Colorado has run an experiment to see if it could lower the rate of unintended pregnancies, cut abortions – and save the state government some money, too.

The Colorado Family Planning Initiative offered low-income women and teenagers access to low or no-cost contraceptive devices, including IUDs and implants, and trained providers in insertion and counselling techniques. Last year, researchers reported significant drops in the birth rate among teens and young adult women in participating counties. The abortion rate among women between 15 and 19 years old dropped by more than a third; high-risk pregnancies by a fourth.

In July the governor’s office issued a glowing press release, crediting the program with a 40% statewide drop in teen birth rates between 2009 and 2013 – and a 35% drop in abortions.

…Last Wednesday Colorado’s Republican-controlled senate killed a bill that would sustain and expand CFPI services…

RTFA for details, other states ready to adopt the program because of its success. I’m too pissed off to waste any space on the crap reasons offered by Republicans and the bible-thumping family values dolts who oppose every aspect of women’s reproductive freedom up to and including contraception.

We sorted all this out in more reasonable times and places decades ago. Only Republican opportunists, rightwing populism and and sophistry topped off with simple-minded stupidity brings all this 19th-Century ideology back into play.

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