Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose, is sponsoring a measure to provide intrauterine birth control to low-income women. But he's been forced to fight against Republicans who believe that IUDs induce abortions, reported the Durango Herald Tuesday.
“It’s sad that this is something we don’t want to address; we want to pretend that it never happens,” Coram said to the committee. “But by ignoring this problem, we’re not solving this problem.”
“It’s a sentence to poverty,” said Coram, who pointed out that by age 30, only 1.5 percent of teens who become pregnant obtain a high school degree.
Estimates indicate a statewide program would prevent 4,300 abortions and tens-of-millions of public welfare dollars per year that are spent on teen and unwanted births.