About Colorado Title X Family Planning
The Colorado Department of Public Health’s (CDPHE) Family Planning Program has been hugely successful in saving money for state and federal programs while keeping women healthy.
The results of the Family Planning Program have been game-changing. Access to LARCs has helped cut teen pregnancy and abortion rates in half and avoided millions in spending to work support programs.
Colorado family planning success
- Colorado Family Planning Program Title X Overview
- Taking the Unintended Out of Pregnancy: Colorado's Success with Long-Acting Reversible Contraception, 2017.
- Game Change in Colorado: Widespread Use of Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives and Rapid Decline in Births Among Young, Low-Income Women, 2014.
- Guttmacher Institute State Data Center: Colorado.
About unintended pregnancy
- In Colorado, nearly half of all pregnancies, and eight out of 10 teen pregnancies, are unintended.
- Unintended pregnancies are associated with:
- Birth defects.
- Low birth weight.
- Elective abortion.
- Maternal depression.
- Increased risk of child abuse.
- Lower educational attainment.
- Delayed entry into prenatal care.
- High risk of physical violence during pregnancy.
- Reduced rates of breastfeeding.
- While this isn’t the case in every situation, teen mothers are less likely than their peers to earn a high school diploma or GED and this can affect the lifetime income of teen mothers and their children. Source.
Nearly all unplanned pregnancies occur to women who weren't using birth control at all, or not using it correctly or consistently.
- Since 2008, Colorado has successfully increased access to family planning services, particularly for the most effective contraceptive methods, such as IUDs and implants.
- The Colorado Family Planning Initiative has increased health care provider education and training and reduced costs for more expensive contraceptive options, enabling more than 30,000 women in the state to choose long-acting reversible contraception.