Colorado Leads the Country in Teen Pregnancy Prevention, For Now

Recent Colorado legislation, coupled with private grants, have positioned the state as a leader in teenage pregnancy prevention by providing subsidized long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) to any teenager who wants one.

Last April, the Colorado legislature voted against continued funding for the program, jeopardizing the state’s leading role. Dr. Stephanie Teal, director of CU OB-GYN’s Family Planning department, responded and discussed the issue in a recent 5280 story.

“The way that we’ve evolved, if we don’t do something every single time [we have sex], we [can] get pregnant—and fast,”  said Teal. “What if we could change that default?”

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