Women who can plan their pregnancies create greater economic stability for themselves and their families. Choosing the right time to start a family helps break the cycle of poverty. Preventing unplanned pregnancies can also help women stay in school and achieve higher earnings throughout their lifetime.
In the years since the Colorado Family Planning Initiative increased access to long-acting reversible contraceptives:
- Infant enrollment in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) dropped by 26 percent between March 2010 and January 2014 (CDPHE). The drop in enrollment suggests not only a reduced need for WIC services, but also a reduced need for other services for low-income infants and families.
- Births among Medicaid-eligible women ages 15 to 24 dropped sharply each year between 2010 and 2012, and an estimated 4,300 to 9,700 births that were expected did not occur over the three-year period (CDPHE).
Why is funding for this program necessary now that we have the Affordable Care Act?