This statement, jointly written by the National Women’s Health Network (NWHN) and SisterSong: Women of Color Reproductive Justice and endorsed by many reproductive justice organizations, argues that people should be provided with counseling and information necessary to make choices around utilizing long-acting reversible contraception (LARCs). This should be done in a way that respects the rights of individuals, especially regarding their agency and bodily autonomy. The statement also acknowledges reproductive abuses and the complex history of LARCs.
“We strongly support the inclusion of long-acting reversible contraceptive methods (LARCs) as part of a wellbalanced mix of options, including barrier methods, oral contraceptives, and other alternatives. We reject efforts to direct women toward any particular method and caution providers and public health officials against making assumptions based on race, ethnicity, age, ability, economic status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression.”