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Session: Women's Health and the Illusion of Choice
3090.0: Monday, November 06, 2006: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Women's Health and the Illusion of Choice
The panelists of the session, "Women's Health and the Illusion of Choice" will focus on women's health issues that have recently been presented to women as their choice, or even their right, but that are arguably medically unsound or in other ways not as safe, as simple, or as "elective" as they are represented. Three speakers will address elective cesareans, menstruation and the new menstrual suppression birth control pills, and breast enlargement with implants. Each issue will be considered thoroughly, with special attention to evidence not typically addressed in public discussions. The panel as a whole will spark discussion about whether or not “choice” is possible when information is incomplete, inaccessible or misrepresented.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the session, the participants will be able to: (1) Discuss the influence of marketing campaigns on the perception of women's right to choose specific medical products and procedures and (2) Identify the necessary components of the informed consent process.
Moderator(s):Cynthia A. Pearson
10:30 AMWomen's health and the illusion of choice
Cynthia A. Pearson
10:35 AMMaternal choice cesarean delivery: Who's doing the choosing?
Cynthia A. Pearson
10:50 AMMyth of the maternal request primary cesarean: Results from Listening to Mothers II
Eugene Declercq, PhD, Carol Sakala, PhD, MSPH
11:05 AMSilicone, safety, and "the right to choose": Breast implants and public health
Jane Sprague Zones, PhD
11:25 AMMenstrual suppression: A choice or an illusion?
Sonja Herbert, MPH
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement and author's information.
Organized by:APHA-Committee on Women's Rights
Endorsed by:APHA-International Human Rights Committee; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus
CE Credits:CME, Health Education (CHES), Nursing

The 134th Annual Meeting & Exposition (November 4-8, 2006) of APHA