Sexual health and reproductive rights
Practitioners working with parents who have experienced recurrent care proceedings report that parents can lack information and advice about sexual health and contraception. There is also a considerable debate around the ethics of promoting particular forms of contraception or making the taking of contraception a condition of the delivery of a service. Among the range of services for parents who have experienced recurrent care proceedings, Pause is the only one to make delivery of the service conditional on taking contraception. Most other services, unless working with women in pregnancy, do encourage the use of contraception and support parents to access local services.
A brief history of reproductive justice
These slides, prepared by Beverley Barnett-Jones MBE, provide a brief history of reproductive justice and focus on the recent report highlighting the inequalities evident in Black women's experiences of maternity services in the UK.
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Broadhurst K, et al. (2015). Vulnerable birth mothers and repeat losses of infants to public care: is targeted reproductive health care ethically defensible?, Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, vol. 37, no. 1, pp. 84-98.
- Craine N, et al. (2014). Elevated teenage conception risk amongst looked after children; a national audit. In: Public Health 128.7, pp. 668–670.
- Lucke, J. C. and Hall, W. D. (2012). Under what conditions is it ethical to offer incentives to encourage drug-using women to use long-acting forms of contraception?. In: Addiction 107.6, pp. 1036–1041.
- Olsen, A. et al. (2014). Contraception, punishment and women who use drugs. In BMC Women’s Health, 14, Article 5.
- Boddy, J and Wheeler, B. (2020). Recognition and Justice? Conceptualizing Support for Women Whose Children Are in Care or Adopted. Societies, Vol 10, Issue 4. This paper draws on the authors evaluation of Pause and includes discussion about the requirement to use contraception to receive the Pause intervention.