Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research

Our Mission

The Section of Family Planning and Contraceptive Research at the University of Chicago is committed to helping women and girls reach their full potential by bringing a life-course perspective to our understanding of family planning and reproductive health.

In order to develop effective strategies to improve the lives of women and children, we recognize the importance of understanding the roles of early childhood and youth development, education, contraception, and pregnancy decision-making in the lifelong health of girls, women, families, and communities.

Our Approach

We are dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary collaborations that allow us to situate family planning in its biological, social, and political context. Our priorities are reflected in the four programs within the section:


Latest News and Announcements

Carolyn Sufrin - "Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars"

Please join us for a book signing on reproductive health care for incarcerated women at the Seminary Co-Op bookstore on Nov 3, 2017! More information below:

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May 2, 2017: Dr. Willie Parker in conversation with Dr. Melissa Gilliam

Our friend and colleague Dr. Willie Parker will be hosting a book signing and discussion of his book, Life's Work: A Moral Argument for Choice, in conversation with Section Chief Emeritus and current Vice Provost Dr. Melissa Gilliam.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm, at 57th Street Books

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