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Comments on: A History of Government Family Planning Efforts in Jamaica http://stanford.edu/group/womenscourage/cgi-bin/blogs/familyplanning/2008/10/24/a-history-of-government-family-planning-efforts-in-jamaica/ Subject to Terms of Use: See http://www.stanford.edu/home/atoz/terms.html Sat, 12 Sep 2009 00:15:21 -0700 http://wordpress.org/?v=2.8.4 hourly 1 By: Maggie Chen http://stanford.edu/group/womenscourage/cgi-bin/blogs/familyplanning/2008/10/24/a-history-of-government-family-planning-efforts-in-jamaica/comment-page-1/#comment-165 Maggie Chen Sun, 26 Oct 2008 05:46:31 +0000 http://stanford.edu/group/womenscourage/cgi-bin/blogs/familyplanning/?p=51#comment-165 Julia, What are your thoughts on connecting all the contraceptive resources available to teens, especially with the current focus of reducing teen pregnancy? Something I've wondered about (and am sort of writing about in the blog) is what approach should be taken in how birth control is provided. If we are focusing on teens, should we make a selection of options that are popular among teens available, or should we offer as many options as possible (which can be confusing)? Is it more cost-effective to supply three common birth control options, or to have all the methods on hand? Just some things to think about, I'd be interested to hear how the Jamaican government is answering these questions. Julia,
What are your thoughts on connecting all the contraceptive resources available to teens, especially with the current focus of reducing teen pregnancy? Something I’ve wondered about (and am sort of writing about in the blog) is what approach should be taken in how birth control is provided. If we are focusing on teens, should we make a selection of options that are popular among teens available, or should we offer as many options as possible (which can be confusing)? Is it more cost-effective to supply three common birth control options, or to have all the methods on hand? Just some things to think about, I’d be interested to hear how the Jamaican government is answering these questions.

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By: mjromano http://stanford.edu/group/womenscourage/cgi-bin/blogs/familyplanning/2008/10/24/a-history-of-government-family-planning-efforts-in-jamaica/comment-page-1/#comment-163 mjromano Sun, 26 Oct 2008 00:10:31 +0000 http://stanford.edu/group/womenscourage/cgi-bin/blogs/familyplanning/?p=51#comment-163 It seems that Jamaica has put a lot of resources into family planning, but the resources are not going were they are most needed. I wonder if the NFPB is prioritizing there nationwide "zero population growth goal" over the reproductive health needs of the individual women in Jamaica. I also wonder what drives the prevailing concern about overpopulation in Jamaica (scarcity of food, land, or jobs). I suppose my ultimate question is whether Jamaica's family planning program truly addresses the needs of its citizens or if it imposes external judgments of "appropriate family size" at the expense of individual autonomy. I don't expect a clear answer to that one... It seems that Jamaica has put a lot of resources into family planning, but the resources are not going were they are most needed. I wonder if the NFPB is prioritizing there nationwide “zero population growth goal” over the reproductive health needs of the individual women in Jamaica. I also wonder what drives the prevailing concern about overpopulation in Jamaica (scarcity of food, land, or jobs). I suppose my ultimate question is whether Jamaica’s family planning program truly addresses the needs of its citizens or if it imposes external judgments of “appropriate family size” at the expense of individual autonomy. I don’t expect a clear answer to that one…

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By: afmurray@stanford.edu http://stanford.edu/group/womenscourage/cgi-bin/blogs/familyplanning/2008/10/24/a-history-of-government-family-planning-efforts-in-jamaica/comment-page-1/#comment-161 afmurray@stanford.edu Fri, 24 Oct 2008 20:31:02 +0000 http://stanford.edu/group/womenscourage/cgi-bin/blogs/familyplanning/?p=51#comment-161 It is interesting that the blogger has focussed on Jamaica, just as I focussed on that country in my book in the chapter on reproductive health. Is the Jamaica experience widely applicable to other countries in the region or elsewhere? In what ways? It is interesting that the blogger has focussed on Jamaica, just as I focussed on that country in my book in the chapter on reproductive health. Is the Jamaica experience widely applicable to other countries in the region or elsewhere? In what ways?

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