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For six years, Colorado has been conducting an experiment. The results are finally in.

The initiative, which was started in 2009, aimed to reduce teen pregnancy rates by providing free intrauterine devices and implants to teenagers and women living in poverty. For six years, the Colorado Family Planning Initiative gave free or reduced-price IUDs or implantable birth control to more than 30,000 women.

According to Colorado government reports, from 2009 to 2013, teen pregnancy dropped by 40% and abortions dropped 35%.

While these rates seem impressive, not everyone is onboard. The Colorado Family Action council released a statement of their opposition, saying "we believe that offering contraceptives to teens, especially long-acting reversible contraceptives, while it may prevent pregnancy, does not help them understand the risks that come with sexual activities."

The GOP-run Colorado Senate voted to end the Colorado Family Planning Initiative (CFPI) in late April. The Colorado Family Planning Initiative was previously funded by a $23.5 million grant from the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation. The grant ran out in June. It is currently unclear how the CPFI will move forward.

See tweets from CFPI supporters here:

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