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Women with intellectual disability require accessible and inclusive reproductive healthcare
  1. Hilary K Brown
  1. Department of Health & Society, and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Hilary K Brown, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario M1C 1A4, Canada; hk.brown{at}

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Commentary on: Schuengel C, Cuypers M, Bakkum L, Leusink GL. Reproductive health of women with intellectual disability: antenatal care, pregnancies and outcomes in the Dutch population. J Intellect Disabil Res. 2022 Sep 27. doi: 10.1111/jir.12982. Epub ahead of print.

Implications for practice and research

  • There is a need for accessible and inclusive reproductive healthcare for women with intellectual disability (ID).

  • Further research is required to identify factors explaining reproductive health disparities in women with ID.


Reproductive health is an important aspect of the human rights of women with ID. Described as ‘the forgotten generation’, many women with ID were institutionalised or sterilised following eugenic practices that prevailed for much of the 20th century.1 Important social and human rights advances over the last 50 years have resulted in more opportunities for childbearing for women …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.