The All Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the UK (APPG SRH) is a group of MPs and Peers seeking to raise awareness in Parliament of the needs of women seeking abortion and the importance of improving the sexual health of people in the UK.
We bring together Parliamentarians, experts and campaigners to examine issues within sexual and reproductive healthcare in the UK, and to explore options to improve healthcare through policy and legislative change.
We are currently working to improve access to contraception for women in England, and to advocate for the full funding and commissioning of abortion services in Northern Ireland.
The Group is chaired by Dame Diana Johnson DBE MP and Baroness Barker.
Attend our upcoming meeting "A way forward: Commissioning abortion services in Northern Ireland"
Join us at 3pm on Monday 14th December as we examine the ongoing failure to commission abortion services in Northern Ireland, which has forced women to travel to the British mainland to access care even in the middle of a pandemic.
We are excited to hear from the following experts:
- Les Allamby, Head of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission
- Dr Goretti Horgan, Researcher and expert on women’s experiences of abortion
- Ruairi Rowan, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Informing Choices NI
- Dr Carolyn Bailie, Consultant Obstetrician in Northern Ireland
You can register to attend the event here.
The Inquiry into Access to Contraception
The APPG SRH opened the Inquiry into Access to Contraception in 2019, in response to reports of women being unable to access contraception in a way that meets their needs. We reopened evidence submissions in May 2020 in order to examine the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women's access to contraception.
We found that:
- Women in England are facing increasing difficulty in accessing contraception which suits their needs
- This is due to a combination of funding cuts and a fragmented commissioning system which means that care is not structured around women's needs
- There is an urgent need to structure care around the needs of women, especially underserved groups such as ethnic minority groups, young women and women from poorer communities.
The Inquiry's report, Women's Lives, Women's Rights: Strengthening Access to Contraception Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic can be downloaded below:
You can read a full account of the launch event here.
What is an All-Party Parliamentary Group?
An All-Party Parliamentary Group is a cross-party group of MPs and Peers who meet to discuss a particular issue of concern. APPGs examine policy issues relating to these issues, and they hold events and inquiries to understand them in more detail.
APPGs are ‘informal’ groups since they don’t play a formal role in developing legislation, but they are an effective way of bringing together parliamentarians and interested stakeholders.
What does the APPG on Sexual and Reproductive Health do?
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health (APPG SRH) exists to promote awareness in Parliament of issues surrounding sexual healthcare and reproductive healthcare, and the needs of women seeking abortion. We were founded as the Pro-Choice APPG.
We bring politicians, experts and campaigners together to examine issues within sexual and reproductive healthcare in the UK, and look at options to improve healthcare through policy and legislative change.
In recent years, we’ve held inquiries into access to contraception and the need for accountability and integration in sexual health, reproductive health and HIV care. We’ve hosted events in Parliament on FGM, relationships and sex education (RSE) and women’s reproductive health, to name but a few.
Who funds the APPG?
The All-Party Parliamentary Group is funded by the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH), the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Marie Stopes UK and Bayer.
About our funders
||The Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health (FSRH) is a faculty of the Royal College of the Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. It was established on the 26th March 1993 as the Faculty of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care. FSRH’s specialist committees of SRH doctors and nurses work together to produce high quality training programmes, specialist conferences and events, clinical guidance and other SRH learning resources.
||The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) works to improve health care for women everywhere, by setting standards for clinical practice, providing doctors with training and lifelong learning, and advocating for women’s health care worldwide.
||Marie Stopes UK is an independent provider of quality, women-centred abortion care, providing services to around 62,000 women across England every year. Their medical and surgical abortion care includes counselling appointments, the option of post-abortion contraception, and a 24-hour aftercare support line. Marie Stopes UK is a country programme within the international NGO Marie Stopes International, one of the world’s largest providers of, and advocates for, sexual and reproductive health and rights.
||Bayer is a Life Science company with a more than 150-year history and core competencies in the areas of health care and agriculture. Bayer is dedicated to promoting sexual health worldwide, and has generously supported many global health and education initiatives with partners such as Women Deliver and the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF).
The APPG is supported by: