SALT LAKE CITY — A bill offering IUDs and other family planning assistance through Medicaid has passed through the state House and is headed to the state Senate.

The Deseret News reports Republican Rep. Ray Ward, who is sponsoring the bill passed Tuesday, says while reversible and long-term birth control methods such as intrauterine devices are costly, they can ultimately result in savings.

Abortions are not included in the bill’s definition of family planning.

Ward says other states are experiencing declines in abortions and enrollment to Medicaid and other assistance programs when women have more access to birth control.

Republican Rep. Norm Thurston sees the bill as a way to keep low-income women from having children and says it reinforces the idea that “babies hold back families.”

Information from: Deseret News,