IUDs' Close Call

The rise of IUDs in America has led some to suggest that the devices can help quell poverty. Wider access to IUDs is seen as a positive, but this argument walks dangerously close to America’s shameful history of reproductive coercion, write Christine Dehlendorf and Kelsey Holt of UCSF’s Person-Centered Reproductive Health Program.

It's not a conspiracy theory, they write. Providers are more likely to recommend IUDs to low-income black and Latina women than low-income white women. Touting IUDs as a solution to poverty obscures the structural factors driving economic opportunities. It also risks sidelining women's individual needs, when they should be paramount. 

The New York Times (Opinion)


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