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Advocating for Policy Guaranteeing the Right to Receive Sterilization

Brennen, Bailey E. (2023) Advocating for Policy Guaranteeing the Right to Receive Sterilization. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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The purpose of this essay is to present the need for policy guaranteeing the right for physically and psychologically eligible United States patients to receive a sterilization procedure as a form of contraception regardless of one’s number of children or the lack thereof. As such, this essay is structured as an advocacy paper that will utilize medical ethical guidelines as well as the principles of social justice in order to present the guidelines under which an effective policy can be constructed. Since, like other reproductive rights issues, sterilization is a medical, social, and political issue, sources of information drawn upon include compilations of statistics on sterilization, current medical guidelines and perspectives, as well as popular opinion and reproductive justice thinkpieces. The principal findings in developing the guidelines for this advocated policy are the need for a minimum age limit for sterilization; neutral presterilization counseling and questioning to determine patient fitness, ability to give informed, enthusiastic consent, and chance of regret; the ability for policy to be applicable to patients of all genders and assigned sexes at birth; the development of policy based on modern research; and applicability to and moral neutrality towards a wide variety of parenthood structures and sexual lifestyles. Bodily autonomy and reproductive rights have been crucial battlegrounds in not only politics but also public health policymaking and outreach programs, and codifying sterilization as a right can improve prospective patients’ access to bodily autonomy-affirming procedures and reduce unwanted outcomes such as undesired pregnancy.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Brennen, Bailey E.bab191@pitt.edubab191
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairRohrer, Wesleywmrun@pitt.eduwmrunUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberCohen, Fraydafrayda.cohen@pitt.edufrayda.cohenUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberBryce, Cindybryce99@pitt.edubryce99UNSPECIFIED
Date: 15 May 2023
Date Type: Completion
Number of Pages: 47
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: sterilization, reproductive rights, contraception, sexuality, sexual health, feminism, unwanted pregnancy, unplanned pregnancy, parenthood, childlessness, consent, family planning, gynecological surgery, urological surgery, medical ethics, patient rights, gender
Date Deposited: 15 May 2023 21:23
Last Modified: 15 May 2023 21:23


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