Free Birth Control Reduces Pregnancy Rate


Hey, guess what? I know this will come as a shock, but if you provide free or very low cost birth control to women who otherwise couldn’t afford it, the rate of unplanned pregnancies drops. By a lot. A whole lot. And it also reduces the rate of abortions.

A program that provides contraceptives to low-income women contributed to a 40-percent drop in Colorado’s teen birth rate over five years, according to state officials.

The program, known as the Colorado Family Planning Initiative, provides intrauterine devices (IUDs) or implants at little to no cost for low-income women at 68 family planning clinics in Colorado.

The teen abortion rate dropped by 35 percent from 2009 to 2012 in counties served by the program, according to the state’s estimates.

Young women served by the family planning clinics also accounted for about three-fourths of the overall decline in Colorado’s teen birth rate during the same time period. And the infant caseload for Colorado WIC, a nutrition program for low-income women and their babies, fell by 23 percent from 2008 to 2013.

“This initiative has saved Colorado millions of dollars,” Governor John Hickenlooper said in a statement. “But more importantly, it has helped thousands of young Colorado women continue their education, pursue their professional goals and postpone pregnancy until they are ready to start a family.”

Now, if the people who claim to be “pro-life” actually wanted to reduce the number of abortions, they would be demanding free birth control for all. But they don’t. You know why? Because it isn’t about abortion at all, it’s about controlling women. If that isn’t crystal clear by now, you haven’t been paying attention.

Comments

  1. StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return! says

    Not a shock really, no.

    ‘Cept maybe to the Coathanger lobby.

    But even they must really know this by now surely even if they won’t admit it?

  2. lochaber says

    From what I’ve read, and the women I’ve talked who have used it, the IUD sounds pretty great.

    Unfortunately, I’ve probably talked to even more women who’ve wanted to get one, but couldn’t get their (inevitably male…) doctor to prescribe/approve of one if they haven’t already had bunch of kids.

  3. says

    Sure, it reduces pregnancy and saves money, but what about the moral price of helping sluts to avoid the consequences of sin?

     
    lochaber “From what I’ve read, and the women I’ve talked who have used it, the IUD sounds pretty great.”
    Sure, they make a “great” sound, but what about all the damage IUDs have done at the hands of terrorists in Afghanistan?

  4. eric says

    “it has helped thousands of young Colorado women continue their education, pursue their professional goals and postpone pregnancy until they are ready to start a family.”

    For $600 and the daily double, Alex, what are “three more reasons fundies oppose birth control?”

  5. busterggi says

    I think it was crystal clear when the pill first came out, R v W only made it more obvious.

  6. raven says

    but couldn’t get their (inevitably male…) doctor to prescribe/approve of one if they haven’t already had bunch of kids.

    Get another doc, immediately.

    Medicine is a fee for service business. You shouldn’t have to put up with bad service.

    FWIW, my local megaclinic has 7 OB-GYN’s. All, including the head, are women.

  7. D. C. Sessions says

    From what I’ve read, and the women I’ve talked who have used it, the IUD sounds pretty great.

    A long-ago lover might differ. Then again, things have changed.

  8. says

    raven “FWIW, my local megaclinic has 7 OB-GYN’s. All, including the head, are women.”
    Now you’re just being ridiculous. Five OB-GYNs combine to form MegaClinic, not seven.

  9. lochaber says

    raven @ 7>

    At least one of the women I’ve heard this from lives in a rural area, and doesn’t have a whole lot of health care providers to choose from.

    Back to that problem with health care being tied to employment (and some don’t even have that…)

  10. busterggi says

    Just what are you going to do with all thosse internets you’ve won modus?

  11. sinned34 says

    As a red-blooded, patriotic American Christian man, I have to say that I’m appalled that the government is subsidizing all those slutty sluts who are having sex with men other than me.

    Also, the women who are having sex with me better be birth controlled like Margaret Sanger.

    (To my wife: I’m not actually having sex with any other women, nor am I American or Christian. I’m just Poe-ing here!)

  12. D. C. Sessions says

    At least one of the women I’ve heard this from lives in a rural area, and doesn’t have a whole lot of health care providers to choose from.

    All the more reason to do what’s necessary to get off of the regular-prescription-refill treadmill.

  13. snoeman says

    busterggi:

    Just what are you going to do with all thosse internets you’ve won modus?

    He’s splitting today’s crop of internets with eric at #5

  14. Joe Mama says

    I’ve often said that if the so-called pro-life crowd really wanted to reduce the number of abortions, they’d be in favor of free or easily affordable and readily available contraception. But no, it’s all about trying to control people’s sex lives, and failing. And then whining that their tax dollars have to support more single mothers and their children.

    Sure, they make a “great” sound, but what about all the damage IUDs have done at the hands of terrorists in Afghanistan?

    Modus, I’m sending you a cleaning bill for the chips & jalapeno dip I just spit onto my monitor.

  15. says

    sinned34 “(To my wife: I’m not actually having sex with any other women, nor am I American or Christian. I’m just Poe-ing here!)”
    How Not to Poe, illustration (counter-example, below).

     
    D. C. Sessions “All the more reason to do what’s necessary to get off of the regular-prescription-refill treadmill.”
    Isn’t all the rampant sluttery of unwed, non-procreative sex enough, they have to get treadmills too, now? Thanks, Obamacare!

     
    snoeman “He’s splitting today’s crop of internets with eric at #5″
    Sure, despite Eric clearly having never seen FundyJeopardy, and not phrasing his answer in the form of a sermon.

  16. amyjane says

    My RW conservative Catholic sister is opposed to contraception too.She has 9 kids and 4 of them have kids out of wedlock. And she recently became the great grandmother to the first of the next generation of out of wedlock kids. Even married she raised her kids in abject poverty. She is Holier than Thou.

    She was raised a Unitarian atheist.

  17. raven says

    At least one of the women I’ve heard this from lives in a rural area, and doesn’t have a whole lot of health care providers to choose from.

    That might be a problem. And effecting a lot more than getting an IUD.

    One group in the USA is showing declining lifespans. Rural white women in the south and west. This isn’t supposed to happen. And no one knows why. It’s thought that access to health care might be the problem.

    That is going to be rare though. The USA is the most urbanized country on the planet and 82% of the population lives in large metro areas. The small town America is getting to be mythological.

  18. raven says

    At least one of the women I’ve heard this from lives in a rural area, and doesn’t have a whole lot of health care providers to choose from.

    1. Even back in the Dark Ages, 1970’s, in my area, getting an IUD was no problem whatsoever.

    2. The family planning clinics and docs were delighted when young, single women showed up for birth control. It was far preferable to an abortion, shotgun marriage, or unplanned pregnancy resulting in an unplanned birth and single motherhood.

    3. It never seemed to cost much either. I suspect they were heavily subsidized somewhere along the line.

    So these women are living in a pre Dark Age era. Doesn’t sound very fun.

  19. sinned34 says

    How Not to Poe, illustration (counter-example, below).

    See, Modus, you’re not supposed to notice that part. You’re supposed to get so offended by what I said first that you can’t read further than my initial sentence and immediately jump down to the reply section so as fire off an offended retort in order to put my bigoted, conservative ass in its place.

    I can see you’re new to commenting on the internet. It’s okay, you’ll learn.

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