The IUD (Intrauterine Device) is a popular method of birth control that prevents pregnancy without having to remember to take a pill every day. The device is implanted by an OB?GYN and left in place until the woman decides she want to become pregnant.
This tiny device has saved the state of Colorado millions of dollars by dropping the birth rate to unwed teenage mothers by 40 percent over the last few years. Fewer teen pregnancies and births meant fewer young mothers and babies on the welfare and medicaid role. The teen girls have been able to receive the IUD free, thanks to 23 million dollars worth of private funding that was given in 2009.
That private grant money has now been used up
and the debate is raging as to whether an IUD is actually a form of birth control or a form of abortion. The answer is crucial and is needed before the decision can be made as to whether or not the state can fund the IUDs for teen girls or not.
The way an IUD works to prevent pregnancy is the root of the debate. According to Daniel Amen
, the IUD main task is to prevent the sperm and egg from meeting. But on occasion it still happens and the IUD’s second line of defense in pregnancy prevention is stop the fertilized egg from attaching itself to the uterus. Without the IUD in place, the fertilized egg can implant itself in the uterine wall.