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    Past resolutions adopted by the IPPF.

    International Planned Parenthood Federation [IPPF]. Law and Planned Parenthood Panel

    Law File, International Planned Parenthood Federation. 1979 Oct; 10:20-3.

    Recently adopted policies of the IPPF Management and Planning Committee on voluntary sterilization, family sterilization, family planning services for adolescents, and the use of auxiliary personnel in the delivery of fertility regulation services are summarized. Sterilization services should be included in family planning programs whenever possible, and Family Planning Associations should promote sterilization awareness. Sterilizations should be performed only on patients who have given informed and unpressured consent, and procedures most amenable to reversibility should be used. The use of government incentives or disincentives to promote sterilization must take into account existing social values. The receipt of any government benefits or services normally accorded as a basic human right cannot be made dependent on the acceptance of sterlization. Fertility regulation services should be made available to adolescents whenever possible. Efforts to remove all barriers to the offering of these services should be promoted. Research should be undertaken to determine 1) the effect, if any, of contraceptive availability on the frequency of adolescent pre-marital intercourse; 2) the effects of unplanned pregnancy on adolescent mothers and their offspring; and 3) the most effective methods for promoting acceptance of adolescent family planning services. The use of trained health and auxiliary personnel in the delivery of fertility services should be encouraged through 1) increased use of standing orders and presigned prescriptions; 2) further delegation of duties by doctors to auxiliary personnel; 3) application of the most liberal interpretation of laws relevant to the use of auxiliary personnel; 4) the authorized use of auxiliary personnel whenever possible; and 5) the establishment of panels within each Association to develop auxiliary personnel training programs.
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