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One Davis County lawmaker is spearheading legislation to make contraceptives more accessible to low-income women, a move that could reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and also lower Utah’s intergenerational poverty rates.
Rep. Ray Ward, a Republican from Bountiful and family practice physician by profession, said the concept enjoyed broad support on Utah’s Capitol Hill during past legislative sessions but has yet to get funded due to the state’s lengthy list of social service needs.
“It got a warm reception but didn’t score in the ranking,” Ward said, referring to priorities set by the Social Services Appropriations Subcommittee. “But to me it seems like a good enough idea. Most other states have already done it. If we paid enough attention to it and knew the pros and cons, I think we could get it over the hump.”
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