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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 We now think of the long-acting methods, including the IUD and Norplant, as just two among the various types of contraceptives from which a woman can choose. (Men currently have no such choice; the only nonpermanent contraceptive methods available for men are coitus interruptus and the condom, both quintessentially exposure-sensitive, "time-of-need" methods that one has to attend to while engaged in sex.) Some women will choose the diaphragm, others rely on their partner's use of a condom, others take the Pill or get an IUD. But this cafeteria array of options, as it is sometimes called, disguises the watershed difference between "time-of-need" and "automatic" methods and their potential for addressing the conflict with which we began: that between global population growth and reproductive rights. True automatic contraceptives are not yet available for men. But there are several technologies under development which would also be long-acting, user-independent, exposure-insensitive, non-interfering with sexual activity, and immediately reversible. These include the so-called Chinese "cork" device, a small silicon plug inserted in the vas deferens, and its double version, the Shug; a male pill utilizing a testosterone ester; a pizoelecrric cell implanted in the vas which fires at the time of ejaculation, killing sperm; and, perhaps most promising, SMA, a polymer, stryrene maleic anhydride, injected into the vas which lowers the pH of the environment just enough to kill sperm passing through. This latter has been tested for 10 years in rats and monkeys and is now in human trials in India; it has been said to show excellent effectiveness and reversibility, with no toxicity or teratogenicity. None of these male methods really works yet, and you can't buy them yet. But they are under development and, I believe, of incalculable significance in addressing the problems which confront us. Since we are thinking ahead about the prospects for the world, let us look just ahead to the point where these true automatic contraceptive technologies are fully developed, tested, available, and free from side effects, both for women and for men. Let me ask the artless question that so directly addresses ...14...
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Source Original Manuscript: Sex & consequences : world population growth vs. reproductive rights? by Margaret P. Battin.
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