Why did The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy become Power to Decide?
For more than 20 years, as The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, we contributed to incredible progress in historic declines in teen and unplanned pregnancy and expanding access to information and contraceptive options. In December 2017, we changed our name to Power to Decide, the campaign to prevent unplanned pregnancy. This reflects the inspiration and vision that drives our work: the tremendous opportunity that exists when all young people have the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant.
Do you still work on teen pregnancy prevention?
Yes, teen pregnancy prevention is still an important part of our mission. Our 2026 goals are to (1) reduce teen pregnancy by 50 percent; (2) reduce unplanned pregnancy among women age 18 to 29 by 25 percent; and (3) reduce racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in teen and unplanned pregnancy rates by 50 percent.
We took “teen pregnancy” out of our name for a few reasons: we wanted our name to be easier to use and remember; almost all teen pregnancies are also unplanned pregnancies; and although teen pregnancy has long been a recognized challenge—and rates have sharply decreased in recent years—unplanned pregnancy among young women 18 and older has received less attention. We are dedicated to ensuring that all young people—from teens through early adulthood—have the sexual health and contraceptive information they need.
Does your focus on equity mean that other groups won’t be included in your efforts?
Power to Decide has always worked on issues related to closing the disparity gaps among racial and ethnic groups. From our work with black faith leaders and our Latino Initiative, ensuring that all communities are reached by our work has been of paramount importance to our organization and our staff since our founding in 1996. Our heightened focus on equity is an extension of that. It allows us to focus in on particular regions of the country, racial/ethnic communities, and socioeconomic groups for whom our messages might not have resonated as they should have. By crafting programs and policies that reach all young people, we ensure that we are making continued progress in reducing rates of teen and unplanned pregnancy and that no young people, regardless of backgrounds or where they live, are left behind.
How can Power to Decide offer services to other organizations working on unplanned pregnancy prevention?
Through Select360, Power to Decide offers a variety of services to support change at the national, state, and local levels—from off-the-shelf solutions to tailored support and technical assistance.
Our suite of services includes:
One Key Question™: A groundbreaking, simple service to transform health care for women.
Strategic Communications and Audience Engagement: Helping organizations find the most effective ways to reach their audience.
Program Design and Measurement: Strategies for providing young people (and the adult influencers in their lives) with the information and skills to take charge of their sexual health.
Policy and Advocacy Strategy: Helping organizations reach their state and local policy goals.
How do I order Power to Decide resources?
We offer a variety of materials, including postcards, posters, pamphlets, manuals, and DVDs for use in your program or clinic; tshirts, hats and other popular items; research reports; and other items.
- Visit our online store: purchases are 100 percent secure and your order is received instantly—this is the fastest way to complete your transaction.
For orders not placed via our online store, Power to Decide accepts purchase orders via email, fax, or mail. Please be sure all purchase orders include shipping and billing address (with “attention” name for both), items for purchase and quantity per item, shipping type (ground, two-day, or next-day), as well as tax-exempt ID if applicable.
- By email: Send purchase orders to firstname.lastname@example.org, Purchase Order in the subject line
- By fax: Send Purchase Orders to 202-478-8588, attention Fulfillment
- By mail: Send purchase orders to:
Power to Decide
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, Ste 200
Washington, DC 20036
Please note: Power to Decide does not accept orders by phone. If you have questions about an order, please contact our Coordinator, Office & Fulfillment.
What can I do to help ensure that others have the power to decide?
Thank you for asking! We can’t do the work we do without the help of others who have a shared commitment to preventing teen and unplanned pregnancy.
- Donate: Please consider making a financial contribution to Power to Decide. To make a gift and find out how your financial contribution helps, visit our Donation page.
- Join: Looking for tips and information? The latest facts and stats? Research on what works? Sign up for Power to Decide’s email updates.
- Get Involved: Ready to demand that every young person has the power to decide? Proud to give a shout out to the opportunities birth control has opened in your life? Power to Decide has ways for everyone to get involved—from young people to parents and supportive adults to champions and advocates to policymakers and influencers. Learn more on our Get Involved page.
What is your position on abortion?
We remain neutral on the issue of abortion for two main reasons: First, ensuring that all young people—no matter who they are, where they live, or how much they earn—have access to sexual health information and the full range of contraceptive methods is vitally important. And it is no small task. So we remain 100 percent focused on that work. Second, we are a non-partisan organization committed to creating room in this effort for many different champions, partners, and voices. We find that we can establish common ground and make greater progress toward ensuring that young people have the sexual health information and contraceptive access they need by not engaging in the sometimes divisive abortion conversation.
Research and common sense say that greater access to contraception results in fewer unplanned pregnancies. Simply put, our role—and our sweet spot—is in the prevention of unplanned pregnancies. There are many organizations whose focus is on abortion access, and we often work with them as allies in the movement to expand access to sexual health information and contraception.
How do I cite information provided by Power to Decide?
Most of our fact sheets do not have a specific author. For these documents, use our organization name as the author. For example, for the publication Everyone Loves Birth Control:
Power to Decide (formerly The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy). (2016). Everyone Loves Birth Control. [Online]. Available: https://powertodecide.org/what-we-do/information/resource-library/everyone-loves-birth-control. Washington: Author.
If a document is undated, you can assume it was written (or updated) in the current year. For the proper citation in a specific style such as APA or MLA, please consult a style manual or textbook.
We also welcome you to link to our materials with appropriate attribution.
Does Power to Decide have an annual conference?
We do not have an annual conference. However, over the course of any given year, we host a variety of events and webinars for a variety of audiences: conferences; roundtable discussions; workshops; national teleconferences; seminars in Washington, DC, where we are headquartered; or online events.
The best way to stay informed about upcoming events is to sign up for the Power to Decide email newsletter.