When women and their partners have access to a wide range of contraceptive methods, they are better able to plan and space their births. This leads to positive health, social and economic outcomes for women, families and society. The Guttmacher Institute documents the need for, access to and use of contraceptives and provides the evidence base for public investment in high-quality and affordable family planning services that provide a full range of methods, comprehensive and accurate information, and effective counseling.
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There are more than 60 million women of reproductive age in the United States, and virtually all of them, regardless of religious affiliation, will use a modern contraceptive method in their lives.