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If you ever find yourself wondering why the GOP is so hellbent on destroying women's healthcare: free, long-term birth control is the fastest way to pull women out of poverty.
In 2009, Colorado began offering teens free IUDs without parental consent. Within 8 years teen pregnancies dropped 54%. Teen abortion rates fell by 64%. For every $1 spent on the program the state saved $5.85 in labor and delivery costs, child-care assistance and food stamps.
“If we want to reduce poverty, one of the simplest, fastest and cheapest things we could do would be to make sure that as few people as possible become parents before they actually want to."
Colorado Republicans have been trying to shut down this program for years despite it saving the state over $70 million and dramatically reducing abortion.
Birth control works by tricking the body into thinking it's already pregnant so an embryo never attaches to the uterus.

Whenever someone calls birth control an "abortifacient" they are a lunatic pushing a dangerous, anti-science ideology. Kavanaugh said it in his hearing.
Republicans have forced the abortion debate to focus on the 1% of procedures that happen late term, but what they're really gunning for is a ban on all birth control-- the thing that actually reduces abortions.
Wealthy people will always have access to family planning.

What the abortion debate is, and has always been about, is Republicans working hard to keep poor people poor, and powerless over their own lives. They don't give a single shit about embryos or terminally ill fetuses.
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