15 May Contraception Atlas – legislative successes across Europe
The European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual & Reproductive Rights (https://www.epfweb.org) has produced the Contraception Atlas each year since 2017. The Atlas brings together data so that contraceptive services provided by European countries can be directly compared. Scores are assigned for each country, with a colour coding of dark green for scores of above 75% and dark red for below 35%, with shades in between. This shows well on a map. Since 2018, countries have been tracked with regard to increases or decreases in scores.
The Atlas draws attention to and raises awareness of national policies relating to contraception. ESC members are encouraged to ensure that their politicians understand their country score and take action in the event that it falls below 75%. It would be nice to think that in some way the legislative changes seen in eight countries since the launch of the 2019 Atlas were influenced by The Atlas together with allied parliamentarians and partner civil society organisations. A number of countries have considered or implemented online information for their citizens.
The launch of the 2020 Atlas has been delayed due to Covid-19 but this document outlines the legislative successes from 2017-2020.