Teen Pregnancy and Dropout Prevention Bill Advances At State Capitol

Feb 23, 2015

HB 1079 seeks to extend and expand a pilot program known as the teen pregnancy and dropout prevention program.
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A Colorado bill aimed at preventing teen pregnancy and keeping kids in school cleared the state House last week. 

The bill seeks to extend and expand a pilot program known as the teen pregnancy and dropout prevention program. 

Republican Rep. Don Coram of Montrose, who's co-sponsoring the measure, said the pilot program has been running for over a decade in Mesa, Montrose and Delta counties through Hilltop's youth services branch. 

"It teaches abstinence, but that doesn't always work so we’re also teaching [teens] things they are not learning anywhere else on how to prevent pregnancies and helping those that actually do become pregnant," he said.

Coram said the program has been successful. That’s why he wants to see it continue and go statewide.

The bill now heads to the Senate for review.