In an effort to reduce unintended pregnancy and improve birth outcomes, some states are working to make intrauterine devices easier for Medicaid patients to access.
In a debate Tuesday night, Colorado gubernatorial candidate Bob Beauprez said he’s opposed to using tax dollars for abortion. As a result, he said, he’d oppose using state funds for intrauterine devices (IUDs), which he believes cause abortions.
Intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants are highly effective at preventing pregnancy and safe for women of all ages. Many think they are the ideal contraceptive method for adolescent girls. The American Academy of Pediatrics weighed in this week.
For women in countries and communities with limited contraceptive choices and high rates of HIV, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, a shortage of funding for the ECHO (Evidence for Contraceptive Options and HIV Outcomes) trial is an unacceptable development.
The device has the potential to remove control from women, since everything that can go wrong with remote-controlled devices could happen with this device.
A new remote-controlled contraceptive implant is in development and could be on the market by 2018. It would last up to 16 years, and women could turn off the device themselves without a trip to a health-care provider.