Choice or life? The concept of fertility and reproductive autonomy amongst ‘pro-choice’ and ‘pro-life’ supporters: An exploratory study.


Purpose of the Study

The aim of this study is to explore the concept of fertility and reproductive autonomy amongst members of the general public in Ireland, who identify themselves as ‘pro-choice’ and ‘pro-life’ supporters.


What will taking part involve?

If you agree to participate in this study you will be asked to take part in two 3-hours long workshops that will consist group discussions on fertility, reproduction and reproductive rights and visual art-making in response to topics discussed. The images and/or objects you create won’t be judged by pre-established standards like ‘good’ or ‘technically accomplished’. The most important thing for participants is to find their own meaning in what they have created.


Do you have to take part?

Participation in this project is voluntary. If you agree to participate I will ask you to sign a consent form. You can keep a copy of this form. You may withdraw and discontinue participation at any time even if you have agreed at first to participate. You can withdraw your permission to use your contribution to group discussions or to use your artwork within two weeks of the workshops by emailing me. If you choose to do this then your data will be permanently deleted and your artwork will be returned to you.


Will your participation in the study be kept confidential?

Yes. I will ensure that no clues to your identity appear in any further documentation. Any extracts from what you say that are quoted in subsequent reports or articles will be entirely anonymous. Original artworks and/or photographs of participants’ artworks will also be de-identified.


What will happen to the information which you give?

Discussions will be transcribed and analysed. This data will be kept anonymous and used in academic work such as presentations and articles. The audio recordings will be destroyed six months after completion. The transcripts will be stored securely for 10 years on the premises of the School of Applied Psychology in line with UCC’s ethics guidelines.


What will happen to your artwork?

Artworks created by research participants are retained by the researcher until the study is completed. They may be used in academic work such as conference presentations, research papers and reports. Once the study is completed your artworks will be returned to you.


What will happen to the results?

The results will be presented in my dissertation. They will be seen by my supervisors, a second marker and the external examiner. The dissertation may be read by future students. The study may be published in an academic journal.


What are the possible disadvantages of taking part?

I do not envisage any negative consequences for you in taking part. At the end of the workshop there will be time to discuss how you found the experience of participating in this study.


What are the advantages of taking part?

By taking part in this study you will be contributing to advancing understanding of fertility and reproductive rights in Ireland. Your perspective will add to this work.


Who has reviewed this study?

Ethical approval has been granted by the School of Applied Psychology Ethics Committee, UCC.