On May 25th the Polish Government voted in favour of limiting access to all emergency contraception by requiring a doctor’s prescription. Emergency contraceptive is available over the counter in almost all European countries. In response to this violation of women’s rights, Women on Web will provide all women with free prescriptions from a European doctor from now on.

According to European regulations[1], pharmacies in any European country should fill the prescriptions from a European doctor. After you print the prescription, you can go to a polish pharmacy to get the morning after pills.

Women who need a prescription should fulfill a online consultation for morning after pill.

The morning after pill is birth control that prevents an unplanned pregnancy by delay of the ovulation. It must be taken within 3 or 5 days of unprotected sex. However, the sooner it is used, the more effective. Which is why the restriction to make the morning after pill only available on prescription will make it inaccessible for timely use.

By restricting access to these medicines, Poland is breaching the core provisions established by the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which include availability and access to a wide range of contraceptive methods, including emergency contraception[2]. As the UN Committee in Economic, Social and Cultural rights notices, unavailability of goods and services due to ideologically based policies or practices, such as the refusal to provide services based on conscience, must not be a barrier to accessing services[3].

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[2] UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, “General Comment No. 22 (2016) on the Right to sexual and reproductive health (article 12 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights)” http://docstore.ohchr.org/SelfServices/FilesHandler.ashx?enc=4slQ6QSmlBEDzFEovLCuW1a0Szab0oXTdImnsJZZVQfQejF41Tob4CvIjeTiAP6sGFQktiae1vlbbOAekmaOwDOWsUe7N8TLm%2BP3HJPzxjHySkUoHMavD%2Fpyfcp3Ylzg, para.13

[3] Ibid., para 14

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