From The Denver Post:
A state health initiative to reduce teen birth rates by providing more than 30,000 contraceptive devices at low or no cost has led to a 40 percent drop in five years, Gov. John Hickenlooper said Thursday.
The Colorado Family Planning Initiative, funded by a private anonymous donor for five years, has provided intrauterine devices and other implants to low-income women at 68 family-planning clinics across Colorado since 2009.
The clinics are in local health departments, hospitals and private nonprofit facilities. The program also provided training and technical assistance to family planning clinics statewide.
“When families are planned and women have children when they’re ready and want them … it’s really a better situation for everyone,” Hickenlooper said during his state Capitol news conference.
Seven of every 10 teen pregnancies in Colorado are unintended, officials said.
The decline in births among girls 15 to 19 years old served by the program accounted for three-quarters of the overall decline in the Colorado teen birth rate, the state said in a news release.
That rate has fallen from 37 births per 1,000 girls in 2009 to 22 in 2013, officials said.
The teen abortion rate dropped 35 percent from 2009 to 2012 in those counties where the initiative is in place, Hickenlooper said.
This program is privately funded, but if you read the comment section, you would never know. It’s almost laughable at how some people knee jerk to things without actually reading for comprehension. Then, there are those who see facts before them only to completely ignore them because they don’t conform to their preformed notions and conclusions. Focus on the Family doesn’t like this program, and given their name, you’d think that focusing on lowering the teen birth rate would be something to applaud.
If this was done in 5 years in a localized setting, just imagine the results nationwide. The conservative knee jerk dismissal and rejection will further cement the pathway to Single Payer. I am not an advocate or paid spokesperson for SP, but I think it’s becoming more and more attractive because of the fact that people will have to get their noses out of the medical affairs of others. As long as the government doesn’t try to abuse healthcare or allow ideologues to screw up the administration of such a program, I think many people would love the idea of others keeping their personal feelings out of the health affairs of everyone else.
I applaud Colorado for taking the initiative to do something to lower teen pregnancy rates. Abstinence only programs have not shown this kind of success to date, or if they have had this level of success, I don’t recall hearing about it. As the father of two girls, this is a bridge that I will eventually have to cross, and I can honestly say that I don’t want my daughters to have the pressure of being a mom before they’ve received their diploma. Even more, I don’t want some stranger trying to get in between the decisions that my wife and I make with their doctors either.