The ability to decide if and when to have a child and to do so safely

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Safeguarding women’s economic opportunity requires safeguarding reproductive choice and access to sexual, reproductive, and maternal health services.

When a woman is denied the ability to choose if and when to have a child, it sets in motion a ripple of self-reinforcing gender-based barriers that will likely impact her entire life. Gender-based disadvantages are reinforced by legal systems that prevent women from controlling their reproduction while turning a blind eye to the costs and realities that women face once they become pregnant and have children.

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