The endorsement of a reproductive rights agenda is the latest twist in an ongoing shift within population and development policy to move beyond the traditional targets of population policy to include other social categories - most obviously 'adolescents' and 'men' - and to transform provider-client relations. This paper examines this shift in terms of how international social policy about reproduction has responded to both the growing understandings of the implications of social relations for reproductive behaviour and to the increasingly orthodox call for rights-based approaches. It is argued that this response does not adequately engage with the differentiated interests and needs of rights-bearers nor does it address the complex and ambiguous nature of power and autonomy in reproductive and sexual relations at either individual, community, societal or global levels.
Locke, C.; Zhang, H. Social Analysis and Selective Inclusions in Rights-Based Approaches to Reproductive Health. DFID, London, UK (2001) 11 pp.