Free birth control now available through Choose When project

— Free, long-acting, reversible birth control is now available for low-income Steamboat Springs women, thanks to the efforts of the newly formed Choose When group.

Organizer Kathleen Wasserman said the group is picking up the costs for women to receive long-acting, reversible contraception, including intrauterine devices, or IUDs, and hormonal implants through partnerships with Planned Parenthood and Northwest Colorado Health.

The devices became available from each of the providers April 1.

“This has been such a wonderful, positive experience, and the community has been so receptive,” said Wasserman, who is part of a group of women who set out in late 2016 to create Choose When.

The group’s first goal was to initiate a local program that would provide expensive, long-acting birth control to low-income women.

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