Between 2007 and 2012 Colorado saw the sharpest decline in teenage pregnancies in the country. The rate of young mothers giving birth dropped by forty percent, it was pretty amazing. Unfortunately, Republican legislators in the state just voted to kill the program responsible for that decline.
Republican lawmakers will not authorize funding for a program that gave IUD’s to low-income women in the state. State officials say the Colorado Family Planning Initiative which provided the birth control at 68 family clinics across the state is the reason they have successfully brought the number of teenage pregnancies down.
The program had previously been funded by a private donor but Democrats wanted to put $5 million towards it to keep it going. Republicans disagreed and voted the funding down because they say IUDs cause abortions.
IUDs are an internal form of birth control and the medical community is united in the opinion that birth control does not equal abortion. Birth control actually reduces the number of unwanted pregnancies, which in turn reduces the number of abortions.
You would think that the GOP, the party which claims to be pro-life, would be all for anything that reduces the number of abortions, but they have allowed stupid to get in the way of common sense. Clearly common sense is not a flower that grows in the GOP’s garden.
Colorado officials say that they will try to keep the program going with private donations:
Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” Larry Wolk, executive director of Colorado’s Public Heath Department, told Colorado Health News. “We are going to go out and see if we can raise the money through private foundations. We already have some preliminary interest. We’re going to pull together a group of interested supporters in the next month and see what we can do.
This, my friends, is why Republicans should never be allowed to vote on anything health related.
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