Reproductive Rights and Access to Reproductive Services for Women with Disabilities

American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, April 2016, Volume 18, Number 4: 430-437.

University of Utah College of Law Research Paper No. 170

8 Pages Posted: 8 Jun 2016 Last revised: 1 Dec 2016

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Anita Silvers

San Francisco State University - Department of Philosophy

Leslie P. Francis

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law

Brittany Badesch

University of Colorado School of Medicine, Students

Date Written: April 1, 2016

Abstract

Are women with disabilities owed equitable access to reproductive health services, including family planning, contraception, screening for sexually transmitted infections, maternal health services, and fertility services? Or are there circumstances in which disability is a reason to deny access to such services? Conversely, should women with certain disabilities have access to procedures such as caesarean section or sterilization? May these procedures be recommended just because a woman has a disability or imposed on her if she appears reluctant or unable to consent?

Suggested Citation

Silvers, Anita and Francis, Leslie P. and Badesch, Brittany, Reproductive Rights and Access to Reproductive Services for Women with Disabilities (April 1, 2016). American Medical Association Journal of Ethics, April 2016, Volume 18, Number 4: 430-437.; University of Utah College of Law Research Paper No. 170. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2791656 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2791656

Anita Silvers

San Francisco State University - Department of Philosophy ( email )

1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
United States

Leslie P. Francis (Contact Author)

University of Utah - S.J. Quinney College of Law ( email )

383 S. University Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0730
United States

Brittany Badesch

University of Colorado School of Medicine, Students ( email )

Building 500 - 13001 E. 17th Place, Campus Box C29
Aurora, CO 80045
United States

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