Memo to Interested Parties for the 2020 Election
When everyone has the power to decide if, when, and under what circumstances to get pregnant and have a child, they have the opportunity to pursue the future they want for themselves. This not only benefits young people, but also supports shared goals around education success, workforce readiness, family well-being, and maternal and infant health—and produces significant savings in publicly funded programs. However, not everyone today has this power. If policymakers are serious about reducing public spending, strengthening economic competitiveness, increasing opportunity, improving the health and well-being of families, and reducing abortion in this country, then it is critical to support policies and programs that have been demonstrated to prevent unplanned pregnancy, including access to affordable, quality contraception.
In order to advance the conversation about these issues, Power to Decide poses a few questions and offers some key data for candidates for public office at all levels, the media, and the American public to consider.