of the European Society of Contraception
Clemence Ross-van Dorp
Ethiek, Sport, Ouderen en
Volksgezondheid, Welzijn en Sport
2500 EJ Den Haag
|Brussels/Nijmegen, 26 May 2006
| STATEMENT OF THE
EUROPEAN SOCIETY OF CONTRACEPTION
| To the attention of Mrs Clemence Ross-van Dorp
State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport
| The Board of Directors of the
European Society of Contraception (ESC) has been informed of the proposal put
forward by Mrs Ross van Dorp, Secretary of State of the Ministry of Health of
The Netherlands, to require all women with a pregnancy of less than 6 weeks and
two days who do not wish to continue with their pregnancy, to wait for a period
of 5 days after first referral, irrespective of their personal conviction and
certainty of their decision.
| The ESC has always looked to The Netherlands as a
country offering a role model for sexual health in Europe and we support the
idea that every woman needs to have enough time to reach her decision but this
period can vary.
| The Board of Directors of the ESC wishes to express a serious
concern that this proposal will lead to unnecessary delay, with potential
psychological and medical consequences, for those women who have arrived at a
clear decision to terminate their pregnancy.
| We respectfully request that you
reconsider this proposal in the interest of the health of women.
| On behalf of the
Board (representing 28 European countries)
ESC Secretary General