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date: 17 November 2019

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This chapter discusses how potential conflicts between individual rights and public health goals can be managed in the context of contraceptive service delivery and research. It applies three ethical principles—respect for persons, beneficence, and justice—to illustrate how those tensions play out in a variety of challenging situations prevalent in the fields of family planning and reproductive health. That analysis is followed by a discussion of the consequences of those conflicts for health systems, family planning providers, and users of health systems. The chapter focuses on developing countries and makes relevant parallels for global policymaking and service delivery.

Keywords: rights, public health ethics, contraception, contraceptive research, contraceptive service delivery, family planning, reproductive health

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