Power to Decide

Why It Matters

Why The Power to Decide Matters

Having the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child increases young people’s opportunities to be healthy, to complete their education, and to pursue the future they want. But too many young people—especially those who are economically disadvantaged or marginalized—lack that power.

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Unplanned Pregnancy

Folks who decide to become pregnant and have a child, rather than having it just happen, are better prepared emotionally and financially for the demands of having a baby. But they can’t make that decision if they lack information and access to contraception. Today about 80% of pregnancies among young people are described by the people themselves as unplanned. We need to change that!

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Teen Pregnancy

Nearly all teen pregnancies are unplanned. That is, teens say they did not want to get pregnant or cause a pregnancy. But teens lack access to the information and contraceptive methods they need to follow their intentions.

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The Cost

When young people are denied the power to decide their future, they have to adapt to their circumstances rather than leaping fully into wide-open opportunity. Unplanned pregnancy can dash the education, career, and economic dreams of young people and their children.

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