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Title Sex and consequences: world population growth vs. reproductive rights?
Subject Birth control--Moral and ethical aspects; Population policy; Contraception
Description The 54th Annual Frederick Reynolds Lecture
Creator Battin, M. Pabst
Publisher Division of Continuing Education, University of Utah
Date 1994-05-25
Date Digital 2008-05-29
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Resource Identifier,830
Source HQ766.2 B38 1994
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "Sex and consequences," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Description mind: what reaction there would be to the prospect I've been exploring about "everybody" doing it. It is not likely to happen on its own. Nor is a simple open market likely to result in universal use; not only is there a widespread perception that, if contraception is to be used, any reasonable item from the cafeteria of contraceptive options will do, but the the automatic technologies tend to seem quite expensive, with purchase and installation costs all up front, and there is widespread misinformation about their effects. Then there is the ubiquitous assumption "it can't happen to me" among people who perceive themselves as at low risk of unwanted pregnancy, coupled with the assumption that contraceptive use is appropriate only when sexual exposure is actually likely, not as a broad, background precaution. For these reasons, I think an open market would be unlikely to result in sufficiently widespread use of automatic contraceptives to allow us to speak of the default mechanism as having been reversed, or to produce the predicted effects on either population growth or reproductive freedoms. To engender universal use, then, something more would be requiredâ€"but this is the point that gives us pause. One can imagine various mechanisms: state control and enforced use is one (not altogether impossible, I imagine, under the doomsday population-control scenarios I described at the outset, either in other countries or eventually even in this one), widespread encouragement by public-advertising and media campaign is another; public bribe (like the transistor-radio program for vasectomies in India) is another; employer or insurer requirement is yet another; and still anotherâ€"the one I think most probableâ€"is that use of these technologies might become a medical norm, the standard course of gynaecological treatment for all adolescent and adult women, a health measure much like immunization, to which consent is perhaps superficially solicited but in practice assumed. One can even imagine such technologiesâ€"much like routine immunizationâ€"required for school entrance, at the junior high or high school level. "This is just what I do for all my patients," we can imagine the adolescent medicine or OB/GYN physician of the future saying, "I'm just ...19...
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Source Original Manuscript: Sex & consequences : world population growth vs. reproductive rights? by Margaret P. Battin.
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