A Family Planning Miracle in Colorado

Monday, April 10th, 2017

So, what fraction of pregnancies are unintended?

Almost half of Colorado women who got pregnant in 2008 said that the pregnancy happened sooner than they wanted or that they hadn’t wanted to get pregnant at all. That was similar to the US average: the rate of unintended pregnancy has been stuck around 50 percent since the 1960s.

The Colorado Family Planning Initiative cut teen births and abortions almost in half:

They fell by nearly 20 percent among women aged 20-24. (Note: Under normal circumstances, over 80 percent of teen pregnancies and 70 percent of pregnancies among single women aged 20-29 are unsought, so this change means women’s realities are better matching their family desires.) Second-order births to teens—teens who gave birth a second or third time—dropped by 58 percent. High-risk births, including preterm births, also diminished.

Poor families benefited the most, because unsought pregnancy is four times as common and unsought birth seven times as common among poor women as among their more prosperous peers. With fewer families facing the dire circumstances triggered by an unexpected pregnancy or unplanned birth, the state saved $66-70 million in public assistance, according to a team of economists at the University of Colorado.

How did Colorado get such dramatic results? They provided “get it and forget it” forms of contraception, such as long-acting IUDs and implants.

This is seen as a great Progressive victory.


  1. Redan says:

    “This is seen as a great Progressive victory.”

    Oh, it is, just as a “woman’s right to choose” is a great Progressive victory.

  2. Alrenous says:

    Thus in 20 years there will be a sudden shortage of low conscientiousness voters. In other words, democrat voters.

  3. Mikeski says:

    Nope, they’ll educ… I mean, indoctrinate the children of the wiser folk. Same as they’re doing now. They’ve been killing babies for generations (Margaret Sanger started all this in 1916), and I’m not seeing a massive shift to Conservatism among the younger voters.

  4. Ed M. says:

    They should have never allowed women to get the vote.

  5. Alrenous says:

    Ah yes, education. That’s why democrats already get almost 100% of the vote. Oh wait.

    Please into math. What matters is not abortions but the sum, conceptions – abortions. From above, this has clearly been high among democrat voters from at least the 1960s. Almost as if welfare programs expand the welfare class.

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