Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bill allowing public funding for IUDs advances in Colorado House

By Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
A bill that would allocate $5 million in taxpayer funds to provide IUDs for low-income teens and young women in Colorado moved through its first House committee Tuesday, garnering the vote of one unlikely supporter — an El Paso County Republican.
Rep. Lois Landgraf, R-Fountain, said she decided to support House Bill 15-1194 because she wants young girls to stay in school rather than accidentally get pregnant as teens.
“It’s hard for me because I am Catholic,” Landgraf said, referring to Catholic teachings against birth control. “But when it comes down to it, the reduction in abortions, girls staying in school who are hopefully going to go on to college, not getting on welfare, not needing Medicaid – that says everything I needed to hear. So I’m going to vote for your bill.”
Landgraf joined Democrats who passed the bill in the House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee by a vote of 8-to-5 on Tuesday evening. The bill moves next to the House Appropriations Committee. If the bill wins in the Democratically-controlled House, it could face rougher seas in the Senate, where the chair of Senate Health and Human Services Committee, Sen. Kevin Lundberg, R-Berthoud, has already tried to label IUDs and other forms of long-acting birth control as abortifacients. Medical experts say IUDs prevent fertilized eggs from implanting in a woman’s uterus and therefore are a form of contraception, not an abortifacient.
For the rest of the story, go to Health News Colorado.

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