Saved By The Checkbook: Colorado Family Planning Initiative to Continue

August 31, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Foundation pledges of $2 million save Colorado IUD program as fight continues over public funding
A Colorado birth control program that has cut unplanned pregnancies and abortions by nearly half since 2009 will stay alive for at least one more year thanks to $2 million in donations from private foundations. The rescue of the highly-touted program comes after Republican lawmakers earlier this year killed a bill that would have provided $5 million in public funding for IUDs and other long-acting reversible contraceptives for low-income teens and young women.
Colorado health officials estimate that the IUDs and other devices have saved at least $79 million in Medicaid costs for unplanned births, but some opponents claimed that IUDs are abortifacients and refused to approve funding in the Republican-controlled Senate.
From 2009 to 2014, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundationfunded a pilot effort in Colorado with a $25 million grant. The Colorado Family Planning Initiative provided teens and young women with more than 36,000 long-acting birth control devices and the newest data show a 48 percent drop statewide in unintended pregnancies and abortions. That’s up from a 40 percent drop through 2013.

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