Linking Reproductive Health Care Access to Labor Market Opportunities for Women

Linking Reproductive Health Care Access to Labor Market Opportunities for Women

Women in states that offer access to affordable reproductive health care experience greater labor mobility and better economic outcomes, a report from the Center for American Progress finds. The report, Linking Reproductive Health Care Access to Labor Market Opportunities for Women, found that women in states that offer access to coverage for contraceptives and/or infertility treatments, Medicaid-funded family planning services, and/or public funding for medically necessary abortions had higher earnings and faced less occupational segregation. The study also found that women were more likely to transition from unemployment into employment and have opportunities to transition to better jobs in states where they had access to affordable abortion services, and that family-planning services afford women greater choice over their careers, which in turn affects their long-term economic well-being.