Teen Birth Rate In Colorado Down 40 Percent

DENVER (AP) — The teen birth rate in Colorado dropped 40 percent from 2009 through 2013, and state officials say a health initiative aimed at low-income women is partially responsible.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and the state’s chief medical officer talked up the Colorado Family Planning Initiative at the Capitol on Thursday.

The initiative has provided more than 30,000 intrauterine devices or implants at to low-income women at 68 family planning clinics since 2009.

Hickenlooper says the family planning initiative has also helped thousands of young women avoid unintended pregnancy.

The teen abortion rate dropped 35 percent from 2009 to 2012 in those counties served by the initiative.

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