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Fast Facts

From 2005-2009, Colorado's Latina teen birth rate has declined by nearly 30% . . . more than any other race or ethnicity. 

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Interactive Map

Looking for local contacts? The latest birth rate data specific to where you live? Explore our interactive map that includes the most recent data from our 2011 State of Adolescent Sexual Health Report.

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Colorado Youth CREATE

Are you interested in being a youth leader and change maker in protecting and supporting youth sexual reproductive health and rights? Colorado Youth Create is recruiting youth between the ages 17-22 for its statewide Youth Advocacy Council.  Click here to learn how to apply. 

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Youth Action Day

Colorado Youth Matter brings together youth from across Colorado to lobby their state legislators about the importance of addressing the sexual health of adolescents and supporting young families.  Click here to watch the 2010 Youth Action Day video. 

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Know Your Rights

Just because you might not be 18 yet doesn’t mean that you don’t have the right to take charge of your sexual and reproductive health.  Colorado has several laws that give you the right to get medically accurate sex ed, contraception and condoms.  Keep reading for more info and be sure to check out Sex Etc. Sex in the States for even more!

 

Sexuality Education

Age of Consent

Getting Birth Control

Abortion

and More

 

Sexuality Education

Colorado law doesn’t require schools to teach sex ed, but if your school does provide sex ed it is required to be:

  • Science-based (it’s been researched and shown to delay when teens start having sex or increase the use of condoms & contraception)
  • Medically Accurate
  • Age Appropriate
  • Cover both abstinence and contraception as a way to prevent pregnancy and STIs.

If you think the sex ed in your school does not meet these standards – Speak up and Be Heard!

 

Age of Consent

The age of consent is defined as the time you are old enough to legally consent or agree to sex. State law does not criminalize consensual sex when both parties are 17 years of age or older. Further, the law does not criminalize consensual sex with a minor less than 17 years old under certain circumstances.  It is not a crime for a 15- or 16-year-old to have consensual sex with someone who is less than 10 years older.  It is also not a crime for a minor who is 14 years old or younger to have consensual sex with another person who is less than four years older. Click here for more information. 

 

State law does not
criminalize consensual sex when both parties are 17
years of age or older.  Further, the law does not
criminalize consensual sex with a minor less than 17
years old under certain circumstances.  It is not a
crime for a 15- or 16-year-old to have consensualsex
with someone who is less than 10 years older.  It is
also not a crime for a minor who is 14 years old or
younger to have consensual sex with another person
who is less than four years olderState law does notcriminalize consensual sex when both parties are 17years of age or older.  Further, the law does notcriminalize consensual sex with a minor less than 17years old under certain circumstances.  It is not acrime for a 15- or 16-year-old to have consensualsexwith someone who is less than 10 years older.  It isalso not a crime for a minor who is 14 years old oryounger to have consensual sex with another personwho is less than four years older

Getting Birth Control

All minors are allowed to get a birth control prescription without parental permission. Title X clinics can provide confidential services and do other things like pregnancy and STI testing, and reproductive health counseling.  Go to our interactive map and click on your county to find one near you.

 

Abortion

If you are under 18 years old you are required to have “parental notification” to get an abortion.  This is not the same as parental permission -  a parent or guardian just has to know what’s going on.  If you are not able to notify a parent or guardian, you can ask a judge for permission.

 

What to know more . . .

Sex Etc., Sex in the States CO profile

The Guttmacher Institute CO profile (click on State Policies)

Advocates for Youth – Info on Sex Ed in Colorado

SIECUS – More info on Sex Ed in Colorado and other data

 
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