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Improving access to sexual and reproductive healthcare through innovative approaches

Petra Stienen (Netherlands, ALDE)

The PACE Standing Committee, meeting in The Hague, emphasised that access to sexual and reproductive healthcare must be granted to all without discrimination, and encouraged legislators and policy makers to give high priority to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR).

In this respect, the resolution based on the report by Petra Stienen (Netherlands, ALDE), adopted by PACE today, says that progress in this area is made possible by advances in technology and design, social sciences, information technology, and medicine – with healthcare provided remotely and through digital means.

PACE also called on States to promote scientific research in areas related to sexuality and reproduction, in order to make available innovative contraceptive methods, including male contraception.

Furthermore, according to the adopted text, laws and public policies on SRHR should be inspired by a positive vision of sexuality and aim to promote self-determination and bodily autonomy for everyone; and measures must be taken to combat reproductive coercion, intended as interference with a person’s autonomous decision-making with regards to reproductive health.

Finally, PACE invited States to make sexuality education mandatory and part of school curricula at all levels and advocated making detailed information on SRHR available to the general public through online platforms managed by public health authorities.