Abortion rates have dropped again in Colorado, and health authorities are crediting increased access to birth control statewide.
Another contributing factor: the so-called morning-after pill has been available over the counter at Colorado pharmacies since 2013.
“The goal has always been access,” said Gina Moore, assistant dean for clinical and professional affairs at the University of Colorado Skaggs School of Pharmacy.
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In Colorado, there were 12,390 abortions in 2017, the most recent year included in the report released this fall.
It’s impossible to parse how much Colorado’s birth control protocol, which allows pharmacists to prescribe oral contraceptives, has affected abortion rates.
Women and teens received 43,714 free IUDs from 2009 to 2016, thanks to a grant from billionaire Warren Buffett’s family. »