Ideal vs. Real: Revisiting Contraceptive Guidelines

IRB: Ethics & Human Research 32 (6):13-16 (2010)

In their article in the September-October 2010 issue of IRB: Ethics & Human Research, Chris Kaposy and Françoise Baylis argue that the contraception policy of the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s institutional review board fails to meet an ethically ideal standard in establishing the criteria investigators should follow when including women of childbearing potential in clinical research. In this response, we argue that the UNMC IRB’s policy is evidence-based and pragmatically oriented and that it therefore better safeguards women’s autonomy than an ideal policy could. We also offer some of our experiences with the policy since it was implemented six years ago
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