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?