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Committee on Reproductive Health (2001 - 2006)

Seminar on Ethical Issues in Reproductive Health
Organized by the IUSSP Committee on Reproductive Health and the
Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute (NIDI)


Wassenaar, Netherlands, 21-23 September 2006.

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Wednesday 20 September 2006

16.00 - 17.30 hrs Registration at NIAS

17.30 - 18.30 hrs Welcome aperitif (NIAS)

18.30 - 21.00 hrs Welcome dinner (NIAS)

Thursday 21 September

09.15 - 09.30 Welcomes from
Gigi Santow (Chair IUSSP Committee on Reproductive Health)
Nico van Nimwegen (IUSSP, Secretary-General and Treasurer)
Inge Hutter (NIDI-PRC)

09.30 - 09.50 Opening by Rob de Vos (representing the Minister of Development Cooperation)

10.00 - 11.00 Session 1: Overview
Chair: Yaw Ofosu

A question of ethics: Ideas to practice
(Saumya RamaRao, Barbara Friedland, J.W. Townsend)

11.00 - 11.15 Morning tea/coffee

11.15 - 13.00 Session 2: The individual versus others
Chair: Inge Hutter

Ethical perspectives on the adolescent's right to private and confidential reproductive health services
(Karin Ringheim)

Spousal authorization for access to reproductive health services
(Arlette Gautier)

Is female genital cutting a violation of human rights and an unethical procedure? Evidence from Eritrea
(Gebremariam Woldemicael)

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 17.00 Session 3: The individual versus the State (break at 16.00 - 16.15)
Chair: Yaw Ofosu

Reproductive Health in a Theocratic System, Iran: Pragmatic Achievements, Unmet Needs, and Ethical Challenges
(Amir Hooshang Mehryar, Shirin Ahmad-Nia, Shahla Kazemipour)

Abstinence and U.S. abstinence-only education policies: Ethical and human rights concerns
(John Santelli)

Discourses on Harm Reduction, Women’s Rights, and an Ethics of Accountability in Debates over Nonprescription Access to Emergency Contraceptive Pills in Canada and the US
(Lisa Wynn et al)

The war on science and reproductive health: Political interference with the research endeavour and the undermining of the Cairo agenda
(Andrzej Kulczycki)

Friday 22 September

09.00 - 13.00 Session 4: The ethics of HIV testing
(break at 11.00 - 11.15 )
Chair: Gigi Santow

To know or not to know? The sexual ethics of HIV testing and the rights and responsibilities of partners
(Ruth Dixon-Mueller)

Ethical and moral perspectives on routine testing for HIV with an ""opt-out"" provision
(George Brockway)

Ethical issues involved around antenatal HIV testing in India
(Emily Das)

HIV/AIDS: Should Doctors be bound to inform Sexual Partners of Infected Patients? Right to Privacy versus Public Health
(Babafemi Odunsi)

VCT in rural Malawi: Public health and individual motivations and consequences
(Sara Yeatman)

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00 - 17.00 Session 5: Research ethics (break at 16.00 - 16.15)
Chair: Leo Morris

Ethical issues in research on gender-based violence: The Nigerian experience
(A. Ajuwon)

Unintended Pregnancies in STI Prevention Trials: What are the Ethical Issues when They are Unwanted, Especially in Contexts where Safe Abortion is Restricted or Otherwise Unavailable?
(Brooke Ronald Johnson)

From Can we? to Should we?: Research ethics, respondent confidentiality, and spatialized survey data in reproductive health research
(Jill Sherman, Tamara Fetters )

Using undercover mystery clients to assess condom negotiation in Malawi: Unethical research?
(Francine van den Borne)

Saturday 23 September

09.00 - 11.00 Session 6: Programmes
Chair: Susheela Singh

Female sterilization and ethical issues: The Indian experience
(Manas Pradhan)

The politics of reproductive rights and reproductive technologies in Bulgaria
(Yulia Panayatova, Irina Todorova)

11.00 - 11.15 Morning break

11.15 - 13.00 Session 7: Wrapping it up
Chair: Dirk van de Kaa

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

Excursion to The Hague, followed by dinner at Scheveningen

15.00 Museum "Mauritshuis" in The Hague
address: Korte Vijverberg 8
2513 AB The Hague
Phone: 070 302 3456

19.00 Dinner at "Kurhaus "in Scheveningen
Steigenberger Kurhaus Hotel,
Gevers Deynootplein 30,
Postbus 80654,
2508 GR Den Haag, Nederland.
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