Spending fight kicks up at Capitol over birth control funding

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DENVER -- State Democratic lawmakers added an additional $5 million to the state’s $25 billion budget bill to provide birth control to teenage girls and women.

But the money could create a problem for lawmakers at the State Capitol.

Democrats added the $5 million after it became obvious it could not pass a separate spending bill. But it could throw a wrench in the works when both sides sit down next week to try to hammer out a spending plan.

Some Republicans say they will not agree to any deal that would include the money for birth control.

Gov. John Hickenlooper and most Democrats believe the money will allow the state to continue the work that it has been doing to reduce teen pregnancy in Colorado as well as abortions and help keep down medical costs.

Democrats say the money will help with the teen birth rate, which has dropped by almost 40 percent in five years.

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