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States With the Highest Teen Pregnancy Rates — and Where Colorado Finishes

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We recently told you about an IUD funding bill that had received strong support in the Democrat-controlled Colorado House of Representatives — but we were uncertain about its odds in the Republican-dominated Senate.

Sure enough, the Senate voted against continuing to fund the measure, which had achieved substantial success since its launch (with help from a private grant) in 2008.

The legislation's defeat raises the question: How does Colorado compare to other states when it comes to teen pregnancy rates?

According to figures shared by LiveScience.com, we're close to the middle of the pack.

But there are plenty of nearby states where the problem is worse.

Here's the photo-illustrated countdown, with the figures representing the number of pregnancies per 1,000 teens between the ages of fifteen and nineteen.

1. New Mexico - 93/1,000

2. Mississippi - 90/1,000

3. Texas - 85/1,000

4. Nevada - 84/1,000

5. Arkansas - 82/1,000

6. Arizona - 82/1,000

7. Delaware - 81/1,000

8. Louisiana - 80/1,000

9. Oklahoma - 80/1,000

10. Georgia - 78/1,000

11. South Carolina - 76/1,000

12. Hawaii - 76/1,000

13. Tennessee - 76/1,000

14. Alabama - 73/1,000

15. Florida - 73/1,000

16. North Carolina - 72/1,000

17. California - 72/1,000

18. New York - 71/1,000

19. Kentucky - 71/1,000

20. Alaska - 69/1,000

21. Illinois - 68/1,000

22. Wyoming - 68/1,000

23. Colorado - 66/1,000

24. West Virginia - 65/1,000

25. Missouri - 65/1,000

26. Maryland - 63/1,000

27. Kansas - 63/1,000

28. Ohio - 62/1,000

29. New Jersey - 62/1,000

30. Washington - 60/1,000

31. Oregon - 60/1,000

32. Montana - 59/1,000

33. Indiana - 58/1,000

34. Michigan - 58/1,000

35. Idaho - 57/1,000

36. Pennsylvania - 56/1,000

37. Virginia - 56/1,000

38. Connecticut - 55/1,000

39. Rhode Island - 53/1,000

40. South Dakota - 53/1,000

41. Iowa - 51/1,000

42. Nebraska - 50/1,000

43. Utah - 48/1,000

44. Wisconsin - 45/1,000

45. Maine - 43/1,000

46. Massachusetts - 42/1,000

47. North Dakota - 42/1,000

48. Minnesota - 42/1,000

49. Vermont - 38/1,000

50. New Hampshire - 33/1,000

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