Senderowicz publishes in Studies in Comparative International Development

Leigh Senderowicz, ScD, MPH, assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive and Population Health, co-authored a new article published in Studies in Comparative International Development. Co-authors include Taryn Valley, MA.

In “Fertility Has Been Framed: Why Family Planning Is Not a Silver Bullet for Sustainable Development,” Senderowicz and Valley challenge popular ideas that increased contraception use and family planning across the Global South can help solve environmental issues, overpopulation, and global poverty. They examine the ways in which fertility has been linked to these issues and aim to create solutions that are more equitable and focus on reproductive autonomy.

“Population researchers must cease to imagine women’s bodies and their reproductive capacities as a theoretical instrument to be manipulated for social change. And family planning programs … must avoid the temptation to seek funding and curry favor by promising their programs will lead to the types of outcomes policymakers hope to see.”

Read the full article here.

**by Ob-Gyn Communications Intern Paige Stevenson