The myriad benefits of using birth control, including hormonal regulation and family planning, are well known, though continually debated. But there is also a financial upside to birth control: essentially, when women are able to plan their lives, they live longer and earn more, and individual women, families, even entire communities, do better as a result.

“In fact, as this statistic shows, access to birth control can affect a woman’s paycheck and, as such, there’s a strong [economic] argument to made for reproductive rights,” Hall notes.

A 2013 graphic by Champions of Global Reproductive Rights (PAI) was recently making the rounds on Twitter again. “The Economics of Birth Control” demonstrates the numerous ways in which the economy is positively affected when women have access to contraceptives.

According to PAI, women with access to birth control earn 40 percent more than those who do not.

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