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The Economics of Birth Control

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No matter where you live, you have the right to determine your own sexual and reproductive future. Contraception can transform the lives of women and girls, from increasing their time in school to raising their wages at work. The opportunities created by birth control don’t just have an individual impact, but extend to advance the economies at community, country and global levels.

The United States benefits when women around the world have reproductive autonomy and can determine their futures. For every $1 invested in family planning, the U.S. sees double that amount in savings for other international development programs. 

So what are we waiting for?

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