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Colorado Offered Free Birth Control And Teen Births Fell By 40 Percent

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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 and contributed to a 40% drop in Colorado teen birth rate over the course of five years.

“THIS INITIATIVE HAS SAVED COLORADO MILLIONS OF DOLLARS”

“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.”

Experts are not sure if teens are having less sex or if the efforts of the clinic are working but good news is good news, 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.

[SOURCE](http://www.vox.com/2014/7/7/5877505/colorado-contraceptives-teen-pregnancy-birth-control)

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