Providing Contraception Lowers Birth Rates in Colorado

It isn't hard to see how investing in the right care can go a long way.

How unsurprising is it to read that giving people free contraception leads to lower birth rates? I don't want to bore you but population studies like these help governments realize that intervening in health 'upstream' has cascading effects, and they are often positive.

Good health, better choices, lower costs, and less social fallout are the result of the Colorado Family Planning Initiative. They supplied intrauterine devices (IUDs) at no cost to low-income women.

Doing so decreased abortion rates, the rate of pregnancy in high-risk populations, and demand for social support programs. It also saved millions of dollars.

Speaking practically rather than politically, I cannot see the benefits of this program being outweighed by the drawbacks. The loudest objections are to things like 'the violation of parental rights' when teenagers receive contraceptive treatment without parental consent. It is my personal belief that if a person is old enough to choose to have sex, he or she is old enough to choose to inquire about and select a means of birth control.

Although pregnancy is not a "disease," it may be seen by some patients or clinicians, at some times, as undesirable or unsafe. This common-sense project demonstrates that there may be some merit in the idiom "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

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