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Asian Bioethics Review

, Volume 11, Issue 1, pp 95–109 | Cite as

Closing the Gap between Need and Uptake: a Case for Proactive Contraception Provision to Adolescents

  • Rebecca DuncanEmail author
  • Lynley Anderson
  • Neil Pickering
Original Paper

Abstract

In New Zealand, there are adolescents who are at risk of pregnancy and who do not want to become pregnant, but are not using contraception. Cost and other barriers limit access to contraception. To address the gap between contraceptive need and contraceptive access, this paper puts forward the concept of proactive contraception provision, where adolescents are offered contraceptives directly. To strengthen the case for proactive contraception provision, this paper addresses a series of potential objections. One is that such a programme would cause harm; another that such a programme would not have sufficient benefit. In rebutting these objections, the conclusion is reached that proactive contraception provision is a model worth pursuing as a means of meeting the needs of the New Zealand adolescent population and may be of interest more widely.

Keywords

Adolescent Access to contraceptives Contraception New Zealand 

Notes

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bioethics Centre, Division of Health SciencesUniversity of OtagoDunedinNew Zealand

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