In the Netherlands
There is currently no restricted access to contraception in the Netherlands. For people who are sexually active and do not want to become pregnant, it is advisable, as always, to arrange contraception in good time. General practitioners can be contacted for contraception consultations by telephone, can send prescriptions to the pharmacy or, if necessary, schedule an appointment in the practice. Patients who cannot come to the practice because they are ill themselves or live in the house with someone with corona symptoms, but who need a new IUD, can call the doctor for a consultation. All IUDs and contraceptive implants have a built-in reserve of hormones or copper. This means that the method can possibly be used for a few months longer than normal. The quality and continuity of abortion care in the Netherlands is also guaranteed. Abortion clinics and hospitals continue to provide care to people who need it. However, it is currently no longer permitted to bring someone along for support. Intakes and consultations are conducted as much as possible by telephone, video or online. Clients must physically visit the clinic at least once for proper abortion care. In the case of an early-stage unwanted pregnancy, it is not yet possible to obtain the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) for pregnancy termination without visiting an abortion clinic or a licensed hospital. In distressing situations, e.g. when someone has become infected with corona and is unable to leave home, the best solution is sought in consultation with the doctor.
Worldwide, however, access to safe abortion and contraception is under pressure. Not only is abortion regularly considered “non-essential healthcare”, but the pressure on service providers is also increasing enormously. We see that in Kenya, for example, service providers do not have sufficient protective equipment to provide good care to (potentially) infected patients. Moreover, because of the (partial) lockdown, many women are unable to visit clinics. Finally, there is a great threat of a shortage of contraceptives and safe abortion products due to disruptions in the distribution chains