New Contraception Atlas 2022 at the European Parliament
The European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual & Reproductive Rights (EPF)* has the pleasure to invite you to the launch of the fifth edition of the “European Contraception Policies Atlas” which analyses access to contraception across the continent. The webinar event will be moderated by Dutch Liberal MEP Sophie in 't Veld and Croatian S&D MEP Fred Matic, co-chairs of MEPs for Sexual and Reproductive Rights. It will take place on Wednesday 9 February 2022 at 12:15-13:45.
This will be the launch of the fifth edition of the Contraception Atlas, an online interactive map that scores 46 countries across geographical Europe on access to modern contraception. As every year, the Atlas 2022 focuses on access to online information about modern contraception, and access to contraceptive supplies and counselling. Since its first launch in 2017, the Atlas has already brought about a number of legislative changes in European countries as well as on the pan-European level, which will be reflected in this year’s presentation. This year the Atlas will feature new indicators, highlighting the reimbursement of the long acting reversible contraceptives and the age of reimbursement for young people.
The online launch event will be an opportunity to:
● Discover the new edition of the Atlas, showing the disparities among European countries and changes in their performance since 2020, including positive impacts on policies since its first publication,
● See new indicators, highlighting the reimbursement of Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs) and the age of reimbursement for young people
● Emphasise the importance of information provided by public authorities on contraception,
● Emphasise the importance of reimbursement of contraceptives and counselling by healthcare systems,
● Highlight the problem of UIPs (unintended pregnancies) and the need for proactive urgent intervention and progress on the topic,
● Discuss how to improve the situation in Europe and take evidence-based actions for change in access to information on contraception in Europe.
2021 has seen one of the largest vaccine rollouts ever seen in the industrialised world. While this was a triumph for global public health, it also overshadows a failure to fully restart Sexual and Reproductive health care in a balanced fashion across the world.
The webinar will bring several stakeholders together to discuss the report’s main findings. It will also be an opportunity to exchange ideas on how it can shape renewed political and funding commitments, especially as we begin to emerge from COVID-19.
*EPF is a network of members of parliaments from across Europe who are committed to protecting the sexual and reproductive health of the world’s most vulnerable people, both at home and overseas.
Event reportLaunch of the 5th edition of the EPF‘s (European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights) Contraception Atlas. The Atlas, which was first launched in 2017, ranks 46 countries across Europe on a range of measures related to contraception ranging from access to information, to reimbursement for adults, young people and vulnerable groups to access to contraceptive devices. The webinar launch of the atlas, presented by Croatian S&D MEP Fred Matic and Dutch Liberal MEP Sophie in ‘t Veld and had over 420 registered attendees. Hon. Mr Matic remarked that “Having access to affordable and accessible contraception is a basic right for all in a modern democracy. The atlas offers us a clear picture of where various European countries stand on this issue.” Hon. Ms in ‘t Veld added that “access to contraception is still uneven across Europe. Behind the very informative colour coded map of this year’s Contraception Atlas are individual stories of Europeans, often not able to safeguard their independence and health. Although we see some progress, there still is so much push back against sexual and reproductive rights. We will fight until everyone in Europe has the freedom to choose.” French Liberal MEP Irene Tolleret also addressed the launch and recalled that "Modern contraception plays a key role in achieving gender equality. It is crucial to ensure universal access to high-quality contraceptive methods and address financial, social and cultural barriers impeding it. The fundamental right to health and the right to choice for all women need to be safeguarded." This year’s Contraception Atlas has a slightly broader scope than previous editions, in that it considers the type of contraceptives covered within the national health systems, particularly long-acting contraceptives, especially in the case of young people. One of the more noticeable trends with this edition is that there is still clearly a strong east/west divide on this issue several eastern countries remaining at the bottom and western countries like Belgium, France and the United Kingdom remaining at the top.
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