Current Reproductive Technologies: Increased Access and Choice?


  • We dedicate this issue to our mentor and friend, Helen Rodriguez-Trias, M.D., who died on December 27, 2001. Helen's dedication to the fundamental right of women to control their own bodies and her passionate commitment to advancing the health and rights of women, especially poor women and women of color, continues to inspire those of us who were blessed to have had her in our lives. She was an important mentor to women of diverse backgrounds and ages: students, new professionals, established scholars, service providers, and policy advocates. We have learned from her wisdom, that she so willingly shared. We honor her memory through actions that promote the reproductive health of women and improve the quality of their lives.

*Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Linda J. Beckman, Alliant International University, 1000 South Fremont, Unit 5, Alhambra, CA 91803-1360 [e-mail:].


This article discusses key issues related to current reproductive technologies including contextual and personal barriers to use, complexity of decision making, limited access to technologies for poor women and women of color, and the politics and social controversy surrounding this area. New reproductive technologies have to be put to the same test as any other product—can and will women use them correctly? We need to not only know about the technology itself; we also need to know about the individuals who intend to use the technology and about contextual factors that influence use. Accordingly, the articles in this issue focus on the multiple determinants that influence acceptability of reproductive technologies and the policy, political, and legal implications associated with their use.