English translation of the Federation's annual report for 2016 is available online here.
The Polish government wants to restrict access to emergency contraception. A governmental draft law approved on Tuesday, 14 February 2017 states that hormonal contraceptives will be available on prescription only, should the draft bill be discussed and adopted by the parliament. Since 2015, based on a decision of the European Commission, the morning-after pill ellaOne has been available over the counter all over the country.
Research conducted by Millward Brown among pharmacists shows that 84 per cent of the ellaOne buyers constitute people aged 18-35. Only 2 per cent are those under 18.
The draft banning OTC sale of ellaOne is being pushed through against the will of the majority of Poles. Research conducted in December 2015 by TNS Polska shows that the majority of respondents (53 per cent) supports free access to emergency contraception for adults.
The social support for emergency contraception is also confirmed by the results of a survey conducted by a pharmaceutical website. Among 2,254 Polish women, over 80 per cent voted in favor of OTC availability of the morning-after pill.
In an opinion on the issue that the Federation for Women and Family Planning sent to the prime minister and parliament, the organization strongly condemned the change of sale status of ellaOne, calling it an attack on women’s reproductive rights.
ASTRA together with ASTRA Youth, as part of coalition of civil society organizations working on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights – You Act, CHOICE for Youth and Sexuality and the European Consortium for Emergency Contraception, sent a letter to the representatives of the European Commission, to voice our concern on the current developments in Poland with regards to women and girls’ reproductive health and rights.
On 19th of November Federa held its 25 Year Anniversary Ceremony. It was an occassion to, both, sum up 25 years of fight for women's rights in Poland and work on strategies for the future.
Anniversary began with performative reading based on everyday work in Federa. After artistic part of a gala, Agnieszka Graff, translator, activist and publicist opened a floor for a debate dedicated to 25 years of defending reproductive rights in Poland. Invited guests, experienced leaders of non-governmental organizations, as well as young fighters for women's rights, discussed such issues as historical points of view on feminist movement in Poland, importance of grass root initiatives, anti choice strategies of ruling party and need of education.