Barack Obama, the President of the U.S., in his State of the Union address in January, was happy to announce the teen pregnancy rate hitting an all time low in his country. The Colorado State leads the pack in achieving significant reduction in teen pregnancy and consequently, teen birthrate. The teen birthrate of the state has dropped by 40% during the period between 2009 and 2013 largely by providing teen young women long-acting contraceptives like hormonal implants and intra-uterine devices across the length and breadth of the state.

The state of Colorado was greatly benefited in this pursuit by the $23.5 million aid by the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, and its efforts received national recognition after John Hickenlooper, the Democratic Governor, declared the outcomes of a study on cost-saving in the last summer. He claimed a saving of $42.5 million only in the year 2010, and the figure included the amount spent on delivery, prenatal, and infant care in the first year. More importantly, he added, the programme has enabled thousands of teen girls to pursue education, achieve professional goals, and delay pregnancy till they decided to start a family.

Colorado’s Successful Pregnancy Prevention Program-A Model for Other StatesGreta Klingler, the program supervisor, has said that several states of the U.S. including New Jersey, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Wisconsin, and Virginia have expressed keen desire to know the techniques and methods adopted to reduce teen pregnancy in Colorado. These states requested Colorado to share the techniques adopted and lessions learnt. The U.S. center for Disease Control and Prevention has also sought details about pregnancy prevention in teens from the state of Colorado. The state of Illinois has already started adopting and implementing some of the techniques of Colorado in this pursuit.

The chief program officer at the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Bill Albert, underlined the need to implement state based programmes that are low in maintenance, use highly effective contraceptives, and provide good counseling. He claimed to have made progress, but stressed the need for continued efforts with innovative and up-to-date ideas possible. However, the programme being pursued by Colorado is likely to be abandoned in June this year due to paucity of fund in the wake of the private grants to the state running out. It can run the program for another year only in case of state funding which seems unlikely due to the Republican-led state Senate.

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