CO Republicans Want to Kill Effective Family Planning Program

Republicans in the Colorado Senate have voted to kill funding for a program that helped provide long-term contraception to teenage girls, a program that had helped reduce both teen pregnancies and abortions dramatically over the last few years.

“Senate Republicans on the State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee defeated legislation to continue the Long Acting Reversible Contraception or ‘LARC’ program, a bipartisan bill to reduce unintended pregnancies and abortions,” a statement from Democratic state Sen. Mary Hodge noted on Wednesday.

Hodge explained that the teen birthrate had dropped dramatically during the five-year period that the program was privately funded, but the funding had run out.

“The program was effective, helping the teen birth rate in Colorado drop 40 percent from 2009 through 2013,” according to the statement. “The abortion rate also dropped 42 percent in that same time period.”

“I don’t understand it. We spend an enormous amount of time debating restrictions on access to abortion, including another bill introduced yesterday, but actually preventing unintended pregnancies and abortions is rejected?” Hodge said. “I hope our unintended pregnancy and abortion rates don’t climb again. Colorado families deserve access to family planning services so they can live the lives they choose.”

Why did they do this? Because they think the IUD causes abortions. In reality, it prevents the need for them. As usual, the “pro-life” crowd proves that they aren’t really interested in reducing abortions, they’re only interested in preventing women from having any control of their own reproduction. Better to let God decide who gets pregnant and when, amirite?

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  • John Pieret

    How can you tell who the sluts are if they don’t have big bellies?

  • Chiroptera

    More evidence that fundamentalist evangelism isn’t really about preventing teenage pregnancies or preventing abortions. It’s really about who can be the biggest asshole.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    …they’re only interested in preventing women from having any control of their own reproduction.

    Wrong. Dead wrong. They should have as much control as their husband, father or pastor allows them. It’s a little thing called “Freedom”, Ed. Look it up.

  • raven

    1. CO Republicans Want to Kill Effective Family Planning Program

    Next Step:

    2. CO Republicans want to kill Food Stamps, welfare for single mothers and their children, and Medicaid. (Which is true and being done in fundie states like Wisconsin, Maine, and Kansas. Which states have also fought the ACA and refused to extend Medicaid.

    Encourage unplanned pregnancies among young girls and then refuse to support them and their children with the necessities of life such as food, shelter, and medical care.

    What could go wrong here? This just produces a class of desperately poor people with no future. I suppose they can just expose their unable to care for infants on some hillside as was done up until recently in many places.

    And once again we see, xianity is not a source of morality. If anything it is a source of…evil.

  • raven

    This exposes the genius for evil of fundie xianity and the GOP.

    Teenage pregnancy is highly correlated and causal with lifelong poverty for both the mothers and children.

    We live in a society of failing social mobility and shrinking middle class. If you start out behind you are unlikely to catch up.

    The GOP wants to restrict or abolish birth control. They also want to lower taxes and shred the social safety net.

    You can’t do both without producing an underclass of despeately poor people.

    PS A lot of these teenage mothers are going to be nonwhites. The weird old white men of the GOP don’t want to end up being a minority themselves, projected in 2043. You can’t restrict birth control and remain the majority either. Cthulhu, do these kooks ever think anything through.

  • eric

    Raven:

    “Next step:”

    You forgot the “…on the way to becoming Alabama…”

  • caseloweraz

    Raven: The GOP wants to restrict or abolish birth control. They also want to lower taxes and shred the social safety net.

    You can’t do both without producing an underclass of despeately poor people.

    Cheap labor. Factory fodder. Or should I say feudal-system fodder?

  • raven

    Cheap labor. Factory fodder. Or should I say feudal-system fodder?

    My friend thinks they want to produce a permanent underclass. And use them as cannon fodder in our endless wars.

    I won’t go that far. But that is exactly what would happen. Starve in a decaying city with no future or join the army?

  • Synfandel

    raven: “Starve in a decaying city with no future or join the army?”

    …or join the revolution. It’s happened before. It could happen again.

  • laurentweppe

    raven: “Starve in a decaying city with no future or join the army?”

    …or join the revolution.

    Or join the Jacquerie.

    The main problem with the most stupid and hubristic fraction of the upper class is that they convinced themselves that this time they’ll manage to successfully bully the plebs into eternal subservience.

  • dannorth

    laurentweppe says “The main problem with the most stupid and hubristic fraction of the upper class is that they convinced themselves that this time they’ll manage to successfully bully the plebs into eternal subservience.”

    Like all others oligarchy before them they believe that they are supposed to lord over everyone else by virtue of being superior.

  • Sastra

    I don’t think the real goal is to reduce teenage unwed pregnancies or abortions. It’s not to make girls “pay” for having sex either.

    If ONE girl decides to remain chaste because she gets the message that sex is wrong outside of marriage — and she gets this message because the Long Acting Reversible Contraception program isn’t there implying that teens are predicted (expected) to have sex — then it’s all worth it. After all, from God’s perspective the billions in Hell are well worth the few who are saved. Ideological purity and that potential of ONE is more than worth a 100- fold increase in teenage pregnancies.

    They think very, very large and very, very small at the same time.

  • dragon

    If we in Colorado can’t enforce and encourage a permanent underclass, who will support the Payday Loan industry.

    The Payday Loan industry provides a needed service, that no one except a permanent underclass needs. The CEO at the top cannot continue to get his billion dollar bonus if the customer base shrinks because of LARC.

    If it goes out of business, who will spend such lavish sums on elected officials?

    Think through the consequences Ed. Why do you hate small business?

    /snark

  • http://www.facebook.com/marge.cullen margecullen

    I hate to say this but it feeds into that non-existent sex industry. Poor women have to feed their children I know it is all their fault they got pregnant but what the hell. No slave labor in America nope.

  • congenital cynic

    I think it’s as simple as this. They just don’t want people fucking, unless it’s in a marriage with the express purpose of making a baby. No fucking for pleasure allowed. Dog doesn’t want that.

  • http://lykex.livejournal.com LykeX

    The weird old white men of the GOP don’t want to end up being a minority themselves, projected in 2043. You can’t restrict birth control and remain the majority either. Cthulhu, do these kooks ever think anything through.

    Of course they do. What do you think all the hubbub about voter fraud was all about?

    Being the minority isn’t a problem if the majority aren’t allowed to vote.

  • rietpluim

    No, they do not want to reduce abortions. They just want to bully and fight an criminalize women who have abortions.