Sex and disability: time to treat all women as individualsBMJ 2017; 358 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j3454 (Published 19 July 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3454
“When people hear ‘reproductive choice’ and ‘disability’ they hear the A word,” said Ann Furedi of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) at a recent event to illuminate an area of reproductive rights that has long been dominated by debates over the ethics of aborting fetuses with abnormalities.
Furedi was echoing a point made by several members of the event’s panel, which was convened by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the reproductive choice charity BPAS and comprised sexual and reproductive health specialists, activists for disabled people’s rights, and human rights lawyers. Furedi continued: “They don’t think of a disabled woman who might need fertility treatment or access to contraceptives appropriate to her unique disability.”
Assumed sexual inactivity
Research into the reproductive healthcare received by women with learning and physical disabilities in the United Kingdom is limited. The …