Colorado Offered Free Birth Control — and Teen Abortions Fell by 42 Percent - Educate
Colorado’s Department of Public Health and Environment is seeking more funds to keep a privately funded birth control program that has, by many measures, been a startling success.
It led to a 40 percent fall in Colorado’s teen birth rate and a 42 percent drop in the nation’s teen abortion rate between 2009 and 2013, based on state data reported from the New York Times’s Sabrina Tavernise.
Young girls served with the family planning clinics also accounted for roughly three-fourths of the total decrease in Colorado’s teen birth rate. And the baby caseload for Colorado WIC, a nutrition program for low-income girls and their infants, fell by 23 percent from 2008 to 2013. “But more importantly, it has helped thousands of young Colorado girls continue their education, pursue their professional goals and postpone pregnancy until they are ready to begin a family.”