State Policy

State Policy

Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy, works to identify and promote state policy options that will increase information about and access to contraception so that more young people have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to become pregnant. This section contains background information on emerging state policy trends aimed at reducing unplanned pregnancy.

Please visit our Federal Policy page for more resources.

Fact Sheet
A closer look at legislative efforts in four states to educate college students about preventing unplanned pregnancy.
Fact Sheet
This fact sheet offers details on the laws in 12 states that require insurers to increase the number of months for which they cover prescription contraceptives.
Publication
This policy brief describes a number of emerging state policy trends to expand information about and access to birth control.
Fact Sheet
As the incidence of opioid use disorder in pregnancy has increased, so too has the number of infants born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).
Fact Sheet
The policies detailed in this fact sheet help expand access to and information about contraception, but none of them alone is a panacea.
Fact Sheet
Many state legislatures have taken action to codify and/or expand upon the federal provision.
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Providing an environment where young people have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant not only benefits the young people themselves, but also leads to significant savings in publicly funded programs.

More than 19 million U.S. women in need do not have access to a public clinic that offers the full range of contraceptive methods. For young people who intend not to get pregnant, living in one of these places creates a significant roadblock on the path to opportunity.