Commentary| Volume 98, ISSUE 1, P4-7, July 2018

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Ensuring our research reflects our values: The role of family planning research in advancing reproductive autonomy

      Debates about women’s reproductive health and reproductive health care often reflect fundamental disagreements about women’s autonomy and agency over their bodies. As reflected in Dr. George Tiller’s guiding philosophy, whether or not politicians, policy makers, and advocates “trust women” is a central division in discussions around abortion restrictions and contraceptive provision. For those committed to advancing women’s empowerment, the belief in women’s reproductive autonomy — defined as their ability and fundamental right to make and act on decisions about their bodies, including whether to have sex, whether to use contraception to prevent pregnancy, and whether to continue a pregnancy [
      • Upadhyay U.D.
      • Dworkin S.L.
      • Weitz T.A.
      • Foster D.G.
      Development and validation of a reproductive autonomy scale.
      ] — is a fundamental ethical foundation.
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