Colorado offers long-term birth control, sees abortions plummet

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Holding an IUD birth control copper coil device in hand, used for contraception.

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Holding an IUD birth control copper coil device in hand, used for contraception.

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DENVER – Abortion opponents often criticize IUDs as "abortifacients" because in rare cases an egg can become fertilized but not implant.

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  • JR

    Money to invest in birth control, money to invest in abortions, but none for natural birth control or instructions on abstinence, chastity, or self control. Why should insurance or the state have to fund a matter that is a personal responsibility that is avoidable? One can’t help getting cancer, but we all can avoid pregnancies.

  • Ed V.

    Stories like this make it clear that the pro-life stance held by some Republican lawmakers are either too narrow in focus (they see no connection between birth control, poverty, lack of health care, etc… and abortion rates), or are simply political positions that carry no personal conviction. If someone is serious about reducing abortions, supporting safe and affordable/free birth control is table stakes.

  • Barry the Baptist

    Have you never taken a sexual education course? Abstinence is taught in schools where sex-ed is encouraged. Also, the article was pretty clear as to why the state has an interest in this: it brings down overall costs to society for behavior that, without infringing on the liberty of the People, cannot be controlled. It simply works better to reduce costs and grief for a society in a way that “just don’t do it” never has.

    That last sentence is a gross oversimplification on the one hand and patently untrue on the other.

    Cancer risk can be lessened by engaging in/abstaining from certain behaviors and rape victims don’t have a choice when they are inadvertently impregnated.

  • Susan

    “none for natural birth control or instructions on abstinence, chastity, or self control.”

    That’s exactly as it should be. Mountains of evidence show that teaching those does not make a dent in the problem and is of no practical value whatsoever in the real world.

    JR, you are quite stupid and ignorant. Wake up and get a dose of reality, you stupid old fool.

  • MarkE

    Ed V. I think I’ll go with the second thought – craven political stances taken to appeal to a rabid pool of followers and to promote fear as a cause to raise mountains of campaign money.

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