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Feminism and the Moral Imperative for Contraception

Espey, Eve MD, MPH

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000925
Contents: Current Commentary

This commentary is adapted from the Irvin M. Cushner Memorial Lecture, “Feminism and the Moral Imperative for Contraception,” given at 2014 Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Chicago. It provides a brief and simplified historical review of the feminist movement, primarily in the United States, focusing on feminism's association with contraception. This commentary reflects the perspective and opinions of the author. Contraception is fundamental to a woman's ability to achieve equality and realize her full social, economic, and intellectual potential.

Contraception is fundamental to realizing the objectives of feminism—equal economic, social, political, and intellectual opportunity for women.

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Corresponding author: Eve Espey, MD, MPH, University of New Mexico, 2211 Lomas Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87131; e-mail: eespey@salud.unm.edu.

Financial Disclosure The author did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

The author thanks her mother, Dr. Dorothea Kehler, for her assistance in review of this manuscript and Dr. Lauren Thaxton for her assistance in preparation.

This commentary is adapted from the Irvin M. Cushner Memorial Lecture, “Feminism and the Moral Imperative for Contraception,” given at the 2014 Annual Clinical Meeting of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, April 26–30, Chicago, Illinois.

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