IUD program leads to decline in teen pregnancies, abortions

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DENVER (AP) - Colorado teen pregnancies and abortions have dropped sharply since 2009, and state health officials attribute much of the trend to the increased availability of free and low-cost access to intrauterine devices at health clinics.

Colorado's teen birth rate and teen abortion rate have dropped 54 percent and 64 percent, respectively, since the devices, known as IUDs, became an affordable option at low-income health clinics.

That's according to The Denver Post , which reports the data were released Thursday by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Between 2009 and 2016, Colorado spent $28 million supplying IUDs to 75 public health clinics across the state.