Since long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs), including intrauterine devices and hormonal contraceptive implants, are among the most effective means of pregnancy prevention, many family planning and reproductive health providers are increasingly promoting them, especially among low-income populations.
But the promotion of LARCs must come with an acknowledgment of historical discriminatory practices and public policy related to birth control. To improve contraceptive access for low-income women and girls of color—who bear thedisproportionate effects of unplanned pregnancy—providers and advocates must work to ensure that the reproductive autonomy of this population
is respected now, precisely because it hasn’t been in the past.
The above excerpt was originally published in Rewire.
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