Hot News Stories (1/26/15)

The Coloradoan (Denver, CO)
Colorado State Representatives are working to wrangle commitments for a bill that includes using $5 million from the state’s general fund to pay for a previously gifted program that helps low-income women gain access to long-acting reversible contraception, such as intrauterine devices, or IUDs. Health experts call it a wildly successful poverty-fighting measure and a good return on investment.

Virginia Public Radio (Richmond, VA)
On the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision that legalized abortion, hundreds of women lobbied Virginia lawmakers in person or by e-mail, asking them to increase access to contraception and repeal the state’s mandatory ultrasound law for women seeking an abortion. 

CBS Local (Minneapolis, MN)
The teenage birth rate has been dropping in Minnesota and  steadily across the country since the early 1990s. Recent research found 86 percent of the decline in the teen pregnancy rate from 1995 to 2002 was due to improvements in teenage contraceptive use.

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