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Title:To use or not to use: Can expanding fertility control choices improve socioeconomic outcomes of women?
Author(s):Ghosh, Priyasmita
Subject(s):Fertility Control
Reproductive Justice
Abstract:Even though 60 percent of women in US are using contraception today, there still exists barriers to access in different sections of the society. As a consequence, nearly half of today’s pregnancies are unintended and one-third of today’s births are from unintended pregnancies. Recently there is a great deal of enthusiasm for expanding access to long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), a category of intrauterine devices and subdermal implants, owing to their low failure rates. Many states such as Colorado and Delaware have witnessed programs aimed at increasing awareness by providing low or no cost LARCs to women of reproductive age. As shown in this image, I explore if these policies can grant women reproductive justice by providing them more autonomy and thus higher opportunity at improved education, career and earnings. However, the freedom of contraceptive choices is weighed down by the perils of societal norms, regulations, politics and religion. For instance, in February 2019, the administration issued a new rule denying Title X funding to any facility that provides abortion. The ultimate aim of this research is to inform policymakers the benefits of contraceptive access and use in today’s context, especially in light of frequently changing federal guidelines about reproductive justice.
Issue Date:2021
Rights Information:Copyright 2021 Priyasmita Ghosh
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-04-12

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