Italy: the objection map

October 2021. Pharmacies or pharmacists that object to supplying emergency contraception, remain a problem for access in many European countries. In Italy, a collective and participatory effort is in place to identify services where providers do not get in the way of women’s reproductive choice.

On the website of Objection Rejected (https://obiezionerespinta.info), a map points at services where emergency contraception is supplied without objections. The map is built from input provided by EC users and their experiences. Using the “Search” function, different types of services (pharmacies, counselling centers, hospitals, etc.) are pointed and categorized: those in green were considered adequate by users; those in red were not. Anyone can report anonymously on their experience procuring EC from a given venue and contribute to extend the map.

This is a very creative way to guide individuals to find responsive postcoital contraception services.