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Medicaid Policy on Sterilization — Anachronistic or Still Relevant?

Author(s): Borrero, S.; Zite, N.; Potter, J.E.; Trussell, James

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Abstract: Female sterilization, typically accomplished by means of tubal ligation, is a widely used method of contraception that is highly effective at preventing unintended pregnancy. Yet there appears to be unmet demand for the procedure in certain segments of the U.S. population.1 Specifically, low-income women and women from minority racial and ethnic groups may face substantial system-level barriers to obtaining a desired sterilization procedure.1 One such barrier is the federal policy regarding Medicaidfunded sterilizations. Although this policy was designed to protect vulnerable populations, we believe that it does not effectively fulfill that intention — in fact, it restricts the reproductive autonomy of the women it intends to serve. With the upcoming Medicaid expansions, the number of women affected by these barriers could increase substantially.
Publication Date: 2014
Citation: Borrero, S, Zite, N, Potter, JE, Trussell, J. (2014). Medicaid Policy on Sterilization — Anachronistic or Still Relevant?. The New England journal of medicine, 370 (102 - 104). doi:10.1056/NEJMp1313325
DOI: doi:10.1056/NEJMp1313325
ISSN: 0028-4793
Pages: 102 - 104
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: The New England Journal of Medicine
Version: Final published version. Article is made available in OAR by the publisher's permission or policy.

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