SOLIDARITY REQUEST: NETHERLANDS

Following the decision by a court in the Netherlands earlier this month not to approve telemedicine for first trimester abortion, a petition has been posted on avaaz.org, calling on the parliament in the Netherlands as follows: “Women who live with anyone who has Covid-19 symptoms should not visit an abortion clinic. So they cannot terminate an unwanted pregnancy. This also applies to people who cannot visit an abortion clinic unnoticed because of an unsafe home situation. … Continued

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT – Resolution on coordinated action of the European Union to combat the Covid-19 pandemic and its consequences

This incredible document, which clearly took a huge amount of negotiation, has a section called Protect democracy, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms (Protéger la démocratie, l’état de droit et les libertés fondamentales) and includes the following: Section 48 …Calls on the Member States to guarantee effectively that all women and girls have safe and rapid access to reproductive and sexual health and associated health rights and services during the Covid-19 pandemic, including access to … Continued

INTERNATIONAL PLANNED PARENTHOOD FEDERATION – Covid-19 pandemic cuts access to sexual and reproductive healthcare for women around the world

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on the delivery of sexual and reproductive healthcare around the world, according to a survey of its national members conducted by the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), published online on 9 April 2020. They report: 5,633 static and mobile clinics and community-based care outlets have already closed because of the outbreak, across 64 countries. They make up 14 % of the total service delivery points IPPF members … Continued

COLOMBIA – Profamilia’s challenge (but not the only one!)

Profamilia, the national family planning association, say that one of the biggest challenges they are facing is trying to convince the national pharmaceutical regulatory body to allow mifepristone to be available to the public through pharmacies, along with misoprostol. Until now, it is only available from a clinic. This is obviously a major barrier at this time, when no one is attending their clinics. They say they know they will see an enormous increase in … Continued

KENYA – Practical Guide for Continuity of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Family Planning Care and Services in the Background of Covid-19 Pandemic

This is a comprehensive and well thought out guide with more than 20 pages covering services for pregnancy, delivery and the post-partum period, breastfeeding, all aspects of contraceptive service delivery and emergency contraception, and sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) with related services. In the Forward, the Ag. Director General for Health, Dr Patrick Amoth, describes all of these as “essential healthcare services for all in need”.  There is one glaring absence: the guidelines do not mention, even … Continued

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