Colorado bill would give free contraceptives to immigrants

Colorado bill would give free contraceptives to immigrants

Originally Published in The Washington Post

Patty Nieberg - May 26, 2021

DENVER — A Colorado bill would provide free contraceptives and reproductive care to people living in the U.S. illegally.

The legislation, heard by the House Health and Insurance committee Wednesday, aims to create a reproductive health care program within the state health department to provide contraceptives, management of birth control products or devices and counseling to people who do not qualify for Medicaid because of their citizenship or immigration status.

Democratic Rep. Yadira Caraveo, one of the bill’s sponsors, cited medical studies that show access to contraception leads to declines in maternal and infant mortality and higher graduation rates among young women.

“By helping them plan pregnancies and achieve goals like graduation or higher education, more Coloradans will be able to make informed, healthy choices and avoid the cycle of poverty,” Caraveo said.

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