Nearly half of all pregnancies in Colorado are unintended, defined as pregnancies occurring sooner than desired, or occurring when no pregnancy is desired at any time. Unintended pregnancy stretches the state budget, costing Medicaid in Colorado more than $160 million annually. It is also linked to late entry into prenatal care, birth defects, low birth weight, elective abortions, maternal depression, reduced rates of breastfeeding and increased risk of physical violence during pregnancy. Teen mothers are less likely than their peers to earn a high school diploma or GED.
Here you can search state and county-level data for:
- Teen (age 15-17) fertility rates
- Percent of sexually-active 9th -12th graders using an effective method of birth control
- Percent of sexually-active adults using an effective method of birth control