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Women’s Autonomy and Fertility Control Behaviour in Three Eastern States of India Lopamudra Ray Saraswati and Protap Mukherjee Abstract This article is an attempt to explore women’s autonomy and current use of contraception among married women of three eastern states, viz, Bihar, Orissa and West Bengal. The study was mainly based on the data from National Family Health Survey-2. In this present paper, the different measure of autonomy and uptake of contraception, which provides evidence of empowerment, is examined. For the present study bivariate and multi-variate analyses have been carried out. Although the majority of women participate in household decision; far fewer are final decision makers. The link of women’s education and mass media exposure with contraceptive use is found to be strong. Among direct indicators of autonomy, women with greater control over resources use contraception more than without control over resources. The study findings point to the importance of gender inequality being more broadly defined in determining fertility control behaviour. International Institute for Population Sciences, Govandi Station Road, Deonar, Mumbai- 400088, India.
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