Lawmakers wrestle over birth-control funding
Colorado Democrats who credit a drop in teen pregnancy to expanding access to long-acting birth control, such as IUDs, have to convince Republicans next year to use state funds for the contraceptives.
It'll be a difficult sell because some conservatives equate IUDs, or intrauterine devices, to abortion.
Gov. John Hickenlooper and his chief medical officer have praised a five-year pilot program supported by a private donation they say helped decrease Colorado's teen birth rate by 40 percent from 2009 through 2013.
The Colorado Family Planning Initiative has provided low-income women access to birth control like IUDs and hormone implants for free or at a low cost. State officials say they need $5 million to continue to program.
Republicans will control the Senate next session. Democrats will control the House.
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