The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment indicated pregnancy for girls ages 15 to 19 dropped 59% from 2009 to 2017, the Colorado Sun reported. The abortion rate among Colorado teenagers fell by 60% due to contraceptive accessibility.

Those rates have fallen even further, according to 2021 CDPHE family planning data. Birth rates and abortions among teenagers fell roughly 65% from 2008 to 2021.

Additionally, contraceptive accessibility provides opportunities for higher educational attainment and stronger career outlooks, while reducing the risk of poverty, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research reported.

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