Research on anti-fertility vaccines: serious concerns for women’s health

Saheli Women's Resource Centre


Abstract

Scientific research to control women’s fertility by causing immune reactions has been continuing for almost three decades all over the world. This search for ‘suitable targets within the body’ has been extremely controversial, with women’s groups and health activists globally opposing the ‘vaccine-approach’ to contraception that treats pregnancy as a disease. In 1998, Saheli published a monograph titled, “Target Practice: Anti-Fertility Vaccine Research and Women’s Health”, that traced the development of the various Anti-Fertility Vaccines (AFVs), highlighted the unethical and unsound scientific basis of this research, the health hazards it poses for women and the social implications of their use. The following article draws entirely upon this monograph, copies of which, along with complete references, are available from Saheli.

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