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MEPs speak out about contraceptive access in Europe on World Contraception Day

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BRUSSELS, 26 September 2017 – On the occasion of World Contraception Day (26 September), three Members of the European Parliament have been interviewed about the need to improve access to contraception in Europe. 

The video interviews followed the release of the Contraception Atlas in February of this year. The Atlas analysed 45 countries throughout geographical Europe on access to contraceptive supplies, family planning counseling and online information. While some countries performed better than others, every country examined was lacking in providing the best possible access contraception for its citizens.

Jean Lambert MEP (UK, Greens-EFA) commented that:  “Women should have access to reliable information and access to reliable forms of modern contraception. It’s the only way you really have choice.”

“[Access to] contraception is an issue for governments because they are the body responsible for healthcare. They also set a feeling about values within a society…government also decides issues about accessibility and pricing.“ 

Julie Ward MEP (UK, S&D) said:  “Free contraception makes a massive difference to young people…we shouldn’t have any barriers [to contraceptive access]. Cost is a real issue here.”

“I would like to see all countries understand that [access to contraception] is a public health issue. It makes economic sense in the long term to provide free contraceptives in every member state.”

Anna Maria Corazza Bildt MEP observed: “Information [on access to modern contraception] is really key because it is the only way women can make a free choice. It should be widely available all EU member states.”

“I think we should do much more to encourage free access to contraception. It should not be your economic capacity that determines your right as a woman to your body, to your sexual and reproductive rights and health. There should also be a possibility for more vulnerable women, for migrant women, for persons that are unemployed or maybe younger to have access to contraception.”

The video interviews are available online at the following address: http://bit.ly/2xAb3YK

For more information about the Contraception Atlas, please visit: www.contraceptioninfo.eu

Get updates on contraception in Europe from Twitter by following: @ContraceptInfo

 

BACKGROUND

This Contraception Atlas is powered by the European Parliamentary Forum on Population & Development (EPF) in partnership with Third-I and group of experts in sexual and reproductive health and rights who designed the questions and structures.

EPF benefitted from the financial support of MSD to undertake original and independent research which is presented in the Atlas and the MSD Global Innovation Centre for the visualization of the findings. EPF is grateful to the numerous expert national organisations and individuals who contributed to gathering the data presented in the Atlas. The scope and content of the European Contraception Atlas is the sole responsibility of the European Parliamentary Forum on Population & Development (EPF).

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