Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bennet and Senate colleagues endorse Colorado Family Planning Initiative

On July 13, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and several of his Senate colleagues called for continued support for free and low-cost birth control, specifically endorsing the "extremely successful" Colorado Family Planning Initiative as a model. They pointed to cost as a "major obstacle" to birth control access and said that lifting that burden could reduce unplanned pregnancies and abortions.

From 2009 through 2013, The Colorado Family Planning Initiative provided health care provider training, Title X clinic support and long-acting reversible contraceptives to 30,000 low-income women. During this time, teen births dropped 40 percent, abortions decreased by 35 percent and Medicaid saved about $80 million in pregnancy-related health care costs.

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Learn about the Colorado Family Planning Initiative

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