According to the press release issued by nonprofit LARC4CO, the contraceptives will be provided to teens "who may not be able to access them otherwise." The results of the program have been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, the birth rate for young women in Colorado between the ages 15 and 19 went down by 48 percent from 2009 to 2014. The birth rate for women ages 20 to 24 also went down by 20 percent. Even the abortion rate between women ages 15 to 19 went down by 48 percent, while the abortion rate of women ages 20 to 24 has fallen by 18 percent since the program's inception in 2008.
So it's no wonder the Colorado Department of Health and Environment requested an additional $2.5 million for its existing family planning budget for the 2016 fiscal year. The state clearly recognizes how important it is for women to have access to birth control.
"This modest investment marks the next phase in a tremendously successful program that has impacted the entire state of Colorado," Lisa Van Raemdonck, the executive director of the Colorado Association of Local Public Health Officials, said in a press release. "The data is clear. When women have access to the family planning method that works best for themselves and their families, our financial investment is returned through better short- and long-term outcomes for women and their families."
The war on women's health care rages on — the December attack on Planned
Parenthood, the February court ruling that led to three of Louisiana's four abortion clinics closing down, and the recent Indiana law that holds doctors liable if a woman decides to have an abortion due to sex or race of the fetus or diagnosis of disabilities such as Down syndrome, are just a few examples of recent, egregious attacks — but this program makes us hopeful that things can change.