Colorado’s Effort Against Teenage Pregnancies Is a Startling Success

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    Vitalogy
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    Over the past six years, Colorado has conducted one of the largest ever real-life experiments with long-acting birth control. If teenagers and poor women were offered free intrauterine devices and implants that prevent pregnancy for years, state officials asked, would those women choose them?

    They did in a big way, and the results were startling. The birthrate for teenagers across the state plunged by 40 percent from 2009 to 2013, while their rate of abortions fell by 42 percent, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. There was a similar decline in births for another group particularly vulnerable to unplanned pregnancies: unmarried women under 25 who have not finished high school.

    “Our demographer came into my office with a chart and said, ‘Greta, look at this, we’ve never seen this before,’ ” said Greta Klingler, the family planning supervisor for the public health department. “The numbers were plummeting.”

    The changes were particularly pronounced in the poorest areas of the state, places like Walsenburg, a small city in Southern Colorado where jobs are scarce and unplanned births come often to the young. Hope Martinez, a 20-year-old nursing home receptionist here, recently had a small rod implanted under the skin of her upper arm to prevent pregnancy for three years. She has big plans — to marry, to move West, and to become a dental hygienist.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/06/science/colorados-push-against-teenage-pregnancies-is-a-startling-success.html?_r=0

    #12117
    Vitalogy
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    Meanwhile, in Abstinence Only news.

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/05/1311905/-GOP-Abstinence-Only-Rep-Cassidy-s-unwed-teen-daughter-is-pregnant-Can-he-work-AND-be-good-father#

    Co-sponsor of Abstinence Only legislation, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R) announced his unwed, 17 year old daughter is pregnant.
    Not long ago, Matt Lauer asked a female CEO if she could work and be a good mother. At the time, many people wondered why men are not asked the same type of question.

    GOP Rep. Bill Cassidy’s idea of a good father is a father who promotes abstinence only. In fact, Rep. Bill Cassidy co-sponsored the abstinence only bill in the US Congress which is titled “Abstinence Education Reallocation Act of 2013” … hmmm …
    True, his daughter is facing a very challenging future and that’s why Rep. Cassidy (R) should come out against teaching abstinence only and join the real world reality that teens need to be taught about different types of contraception. Not only that, but it would be nice if Rep. Cassidy explained that his unwed pregnant teenage daughter is luckier than most unwed pregnant teens because both her parents have medical degrees and, if needed, her wealthy parents have enough money to help her raise her child.
    I don’t know if Rep. Cassidy’s daughter wanted to get pregnant, nor do I care. But, there are plenty of un-wanted pregnancies that could be avoided if young girls were educated on contraception alternatives that reduce un-wanted pregnancies and given access to low and/or no-cost contraception … both of which Rep. Bill Cassidy opposes.

    Sadly, for GOP Rep Cassidy, we already know how his conservative brethren feel about “sluts” who have sex without their husband. But, the good news is, now, GOP Rep. Cassidy is learning that unwed sex is not something that only “liberals” choose to engage in. Yes, Rep. Cassidy (R) learned that even conservative republican teenagers choose to engage in sex prior to marriage.

    Teaching abstinence only does not reduce unwanted pregnancy and neither does putting asprin between your legs.

    #12118
    missing_kskd
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    And liberals are shown to have been right all along.

    No surprise there.

    It may be this election comes down to bat shit vs everybody else.

    Herb, F&B, et al do note we wrote PAGES on this potential outcome. And we’re spot on right as the Colorado data shows.

    Now who is trying to eliminate this program?

    Republicans.

    Funny how the government can’t work people do their best to make sure it does not work.

    #12119
    Broadway
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    >>And liberals are shown to have been right all along
    Let’s check the STD stats in a few years and get back to us.

    #12123
    Vitalogy
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    Let’s check the facts. Making birth control available lowers the rates of abortion. You should be creaming your depends as a result of such success in lowering the abortion rate. Isn’t that what your kind wants? Less abortions?

    But then again, your kind doesn’t care about abortion. And you’re not really pro-life. You only care about control over other people’s decisions, even if that means an increase in abortions.

    Anybody who claims to be pro-life should be applauding CO. They have made a huge dent in the amount of abortions WITHOUT shutting down abortion clinics based on bullshit requirements.

    #12125
    missing_kskd
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    Yeah Broadway, let’s go and look at those stats. Guess what? They won’t change in even the same degree as the abortion stats did. Why? Because the sex is going on anyway. The difference is how many are getting preggers.

    If you have opposition to sex, by all means refrain. 😛 And I encourage you to continue with your “abstinence works, until it doesn’t” advocacy too. But the line gets drawn on help for people, consenting adults, making their own choices.

    Like you really want to judge gay people, judging people having sex is no different. And you will lose on it too.

    Oh well. You are about as wrong on this as you are most social issues. Happy trails!

    #12279
    Mrs.Merkin
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    Broadway is such a maroon.

    You put actual facts and statistics in front of his face that prove birth control works and considerably lowers abortion numbers.

    And what does he do? Does he rejoice? Does he admit he is wrong? Does he applaud the numbers? Does he masturbate to the good news?

    No. He brings up STDs. A truly lame switcheroo argument that compares butt-plugs to ben-wah balls.

    What a dildo.

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