More than 45 percent of pregnancies in Colorado are unplanned, creating real social and fiscal impacts on individuals, families and the state (Guttmacher Institute). By improving access to the most effective long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), such as IUDs and implants, Colorado has seen a dramatic reduction in the number of abortions.
- Before the Colorado Family Planning Initiative improved access to LARCs, unintended pregnancies resulted in more than 10,000 abortions a year in Colorado. Since then, the number has dropped to about 9,000 annually (CDPHE).
- When long-acting reversible contraception became more readily available in Colorado between 2009 and 2014, the abortion rate fell 48 percent among all women ages 15 to 19 and 18 percent among women ages 20 to 24 (CDPHE).
Why is funding for this program necessary now that we have the Affordable Care Act?