A Republican Colorado lawmaker is to continue a family-planning initiative that provides IUDs to lower income women because he believes the birth control method is akin to abortion.
The Family Planning Initiative pilot program had been funded in 2009 by a $25 million grant from an anonymous donor and had been working so well that the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) estimated that it helped reduce teen pregnancies by 40 percent, teen abortions by 35 percent AND resulted in $23 million in savings in Medicaid assistance to women and children. With an extra $5 million from the state’s general fund, the CDPHE projected that the program could save the state $40 million in Medicaid costs in the future. Fewer abortions? Fiscal conservatism? Sounds great, sign me up!
To keep the program going, a group of bipartisan lawmakers have been trying to push a bill through the Colorado Senate. But they’re running into one big problem: .
Kevin Lundberg, chair of Colorado’s Senate Health Committee, says that because an IUD in some cases can prevent fertilized eggs from embedding themselves in the uterus, this counts as abortion and thus disqualifies the measure from state funding.
Typically, an IUD prevents sperm from meeting an egg, and therefore prevents pregnancy. But if the egg and sperm do meet, the IUD keeps that embryo from planting itself in the uterus. Despite the fact that pregnancy begins at the implantation of the fertilized egg, Lundberg believes this crosses the abortion line.
“The state constitution says no direct or indirect funding from the state shall go towards abortion,” he said.
And apparently IUDs are the equivalent of abortions, ignoring the fact that IUDs work before pregnancy occurs and Kevin Lundberg has no idea what he’s talking about.
But if Kevin Lundberg IS right and abortions can happen before pregnancy even occurs, just think of all the abortions that are out there happening right now…
Can’t get it up? That’s an abortion!
On your period? That’s an abortion!
Giving oral sex? Well, that’s just mass cannibalism.
In CNN’s Gone to Pot series, reporter Randi Kaye did some “extensive research” on Colorado’s recent legalization of recreational marijuana and ended up in a bus full of stoners with a contact high.
And by extensive research, I mean Randi Kaye rode around all day in a limo with some stereotypical stoners in one of Colorado’s newly legal pot tours. But it was all worth it because Kaye was able to bring the viewers some breaking news: being trapped in a confined space with a bunch of stoners smoking weed can give you a contact high.
After the cannabis tour bus (cannabus?) group started demanding tacos, Kaye’s investigative journalism came to an end and she went on to tell Anderson Cooper all about her contact high.
“How extensive was your research in the back of that limo?” CNN anchor Anderson Cooper asked from back in the studio.
“It was top notch, we did very extensive research I have to tell you,” a smiley Kaye says.
“My brain was a little fuzzy by the time I got out of there, I wasn’t thinking right and I couldn’t remember even some of the questions I wanted to ask in the interview, which has never happened to me. And I found things to be really funny, much funnier than I normally do,” she added.
“But it was just a contact high. I just want to make that clear. Is that correct?” Cooper asked.
“Yes it was a just a contact high,” she confirmed.
Skip to 4:30 to see Randi Kaye get a little giggly and Anderson Cooper get a little condescending.
Just in time to numb everyone’s New Year’s hangover, the world’s first state-licensed marijuana industry opened for business yesterday in the state of Colorado.
The change approved by Colorado voters went into effect with the new year, and roughly two dozen stores in Colorado have already begun selling weed to residents 21 or older.
Hordes of customers hoping to get Rocky Mountain High braved the cold, snowy weather and lined up outside the various marijuana outlets. Colorado residents can buy up to 1oz (28g) of pot, while those from out of the state can only purchase 0.25oz. And the drugs must be kept within the state’s borders. The Denver airport has already put up signs warning travellers not to smuggle the weed into the rest of the country体彩手机在线怎么下载. The cannabis can also only be smoked on private property with the owner’s permission.
Sean Azzariti, an Iraq war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder from two tours in Iraq, was the first person to legally buy recreational marijuana in Colorado today. Azzariti, seen in the photo already looking high and somewhat terrified, purchased an eighth of an ounce of pot and some chocolate truffles laced with marijuana for $59.50.
Azzariti, who has campaigned to legalise marijuana, said the drug helps to ease his symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
“I couldn’t be happier,” he told US media. “It’s a huge stepping stone for other states as well, so it’s a huge honour, to say the least.”
Colorado has now officially become the first place in the world where marijuana will be regulated from seed to sale. Next up: Washington State… and Uruguay.