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 [
] — is a fundamental ethical foundation.
- Upadhyay U.D.
- Dworkin S.L.
- Weitz T.A.
- Foster D.G.
Development and validation of a reproductive autonomy scale.
Stud Fam Plann. 2014; 45: 19-41
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Published online: March 12, 2018
Accepted: March 7, 2018
Received in revised form: January 23, 2018
Received: September 26, 2017
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