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The 2017 SWOP report shows how economic inequality reinforces, and is reinforced by inequalities in sexual and reproductive health.

Inequalities in reproductive health are linked to economic inequality Economic inequality correlates with inequalities in sexual and reproductive health.

Within most developing countries, women in the poorest 20% of the population have, for example, the least access to sexual and reproductive health services, including contraception, while women at the top of the wealth scale generally have access to a fuller range of high-quality services.

The unmet demand for family planning in developing countries is generally greatest among women at the bottom of the wealth scale.

Without access to contraception, poor women, particularly those who are less educated and live in rural areas, are at heightened risk of unintended pregnancy. This results in greater health risks and lifelong economic repercussions for herself and her children.