Coerced Contraception?: Moral and Policy Challenges of Long-Acting Birth Control

Coerced Contraception?: Moral and Policy Challenges of Long-Acting Birth Control


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Long-acting and reversible contraceptives, such as Norplant and Depo-Provera, have been praised as highly effective, moderately priced, and generally safe. Yet, as this book argues, the very qualities that make these contraceptives an important alternative for individual choice in family planning also make them a potential tool of coercive social policy. For example, policymakers have linked their use to welfare benefits, and judges, to probation agreements. In this book, authors from the fields of medicine, ethics, law, and the social sciences probe the unique and vexing ethical and policy issues raised by long-acting contraception.

The book offers comprehensive ethical guidelines for health care professionals and policymakers, as well as an ethical framework for analyzing policies and practices concerning long-acting contraceptives. The authors consider cultural, social, and ethical issues pertaining to contraception, and they provide historical and scientific background on today's controversies. They explore alternative conceptual and theoretical frameworks, including analyses of autonomy, coercion, and responsibility in reproductive decisions. This volume also notes the special concerns that arise when policies promoting long-term birth control target low-income women and women of color, and when these contraceptives are used in developing countries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878403646
Publisher: Georgetown University Press
Publication date: 12/28/1996
Series: Hastings Center Studies in Ethics Series
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

IntroductionEllen H. Moskowitz and Bruce Jennings

Part I: Overview and Guidelines Long-Acting Contraceptives: Ethical Guidelines for Policymakers and Health Care ProvidersEllen H. Moskowitz, Bruce Jennings, and Daniel Callahan

Part II: Long-Acting Contraception in Context 1. Contraceptive Policy and Ethics: Lessons from American HistoryKathleen E. Powderly

2. Long-Acting Contraceptives: Rationale, Current Development and Ethical ImplicationsGeorge F. Brown

Part III: Exploring Conceptual and Theoretical Frameworks 1. The Concept of Coercion and Long-Term ContraceptivesBonnie Steinbock

2. Norplant and Irresponsible ReproductionJohn A. Robertson

3. Reproductive Responsibility and Long-Term ContraceptivesJohn D. Arras and Jeffrey Blustein

4. Long-Term Contraceptives in the Criminal Justice System
Rebecca Dresser

5. Other "Isms" Aren't Enough: Feminism, Social Policy and Long-Acting ContraceptionHilde Lindemann Nelson and James Lindemann Nelson

Part IV: International Perspectives1. Cultural Difference and Long-Acting ContraceptionRuth Macklin

2. Ethical Issues in the Importation of Long-Acting Contraceptives to NigeriaTola Olu Pearce

3. Long-Acting Contraception in Brazil and the Dominican RepublicEllen Hardy

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