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As comprehensive contraceptive counseling has become the standard of care within pediatrics, new questions and concerns about patients’ ages and abilities to make reproductive choices have arisen. It is important for pediatric health professionals, who often shape individuals’ relationships with the health care system throughout their life course, to understand how racism affects the reproductive and sexual health care experience of minoritized youth. The reproductive justice framework highlights the necessity for reproductive autonomy for adolescents and emerging adults and aligns with the idea of bodily autonomy that pediatric health professionals already recognize. However, connecting the need for bodily autonomy with understanding the impacts of historical and current racialized coercion, exploitation, and disenfranchisement on health care delivery is necessary.

Keywords: reproductive justice, sexual and reproductive health, contraceptive care

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