Slovakia: Failed attempt to reinstate prescription for EC pills

December 2019. A draft bill proposing a number of measures to make pregnancy termination services less accessible a was introduced in the Parliament at the end of November, by members of the Slovak National Party. During the discussion new amendments were introduced, among which, reinstating mandatory prescription to buy EC pills. The proposed bill was voted on December 5th 2019, but it did not pass: EC pills will remain directly available at the pharmacies in the Slovak Republic.

While emergency contraception is not related to abortion services accessibility, this is a pattern that has been observed in many other countries: when attempts to restrict access to abortion fail, efforts to restrict access to EC become, ironically, the plan B.

More details in Bulletin Num.10 of the ASTRA Network.