This is Colorado's approach to anti-abortion, and it's working great. A reality based program:an IUD
- Educate young women
- Make long-term birth control available to them
- They choose the option to not get pregnant
- It works
How is this startling? Who at the NY Times was surprised this would work?
When women have a choice, they choose a method that acknowledges their humanity - unlike "abstinence-only" education that imposes a bronze-age view of women's sexuality. By the way, if the Colorado program reminds you of the approach taken by Planned Parenthood, it should. They are nearly identical. Planned Parenthood truly follows the principle that "abortion should be legal, safe, and rare."
The program was started with a private grant but now will need state funding. Given that the Colorado state senate is controlled by Republicans, expect opposition. Expect the same puzzling approach the so-called pro-life crowd take to Planned Parenthood: if you really want to stop abortions, shouldn't you be handing out contraceptives on every street corner? But the right-wing approach to abortion, contraception and sex-education is not about any of those things, it's about men controlling women's sexuality.