19 Mar Press release – Poland attacks Istanbul Convention
ESC Press Release – 19 March 2021
The European Society of Contraception and Reproductive Health (ESC) notes that a bill is being presented to the Polish parliament seeking a withdrawal from Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence, otherwise known as the Istanbul Convention – at the same time lobbying other countries in the region to do like wise.
The ESC views this as a retrogressive step which seeks to devalue sexual and reproductive rights
The ESC Position Paper on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights 2019 (The Madrid Declaration) identifies these rights which are supported by scientific, ethical and moral codes offering a standard for planning and implementing Sexual and reproductive health policies.
The ESC wishes to express our dismay at the proposed legislation and to offer our support to the people of Poland.