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

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.

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