For much of childhood, Allie Martin was a happy kid—positive, extroverted, always wanting to help people. But around 2019, when Allie was in eighth grade at a school in Greeley, Colo., that shifted.
“Her personality went just a little bit dark,” recalled Allie’s mom, Melissa. (Both names have been changed to protect Allie’s privacy.) Allie started isolating herself. She didn’t want to be hugged, and she stopped showering regularly, according to Melissa.
A Colorado initiative to increase access among teenagers and poor women to the most effective forms of reversible birth control has had a disproportionate effect on some of the girls and women at highest risk for unplanned births, and families who are most vulnerable to negative health impacts.