The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sexual and Reproductive Health in the UK (APPG) aims to raise awareness in Parliament of the needs of women seeking abortion and the importance of improving all aspects of the sexual health of women and men in the UK.
The APPG is chaired by Baroness Gould of Potternewton and supported by FPA, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare and the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV.
In October, the APPG held a joint meeting with the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Men's Health.
The subject was human papilloma virus (HPV) and its links with cancer in men. HPV is linked with as many as 1 in 20 occurrences of cancer worldwide. The meeting also considered the case for vaccinating young men against HPV.
Read a report of the APPG meeting by Men's Health Forum.
The report of the APPG Inquiry into restrictions in access to contraception services is published today (10 July).
Healthy Women, Healthy Lives? The Cost of Curbing Access to Contraception Services (PDF) found that restrictions in access to contraception included:
restricting access to contraception for over 25s
restricting access to contraception services to residents-only
restrictions on access to long-acting reversible methods of contraception (LARC) through GP referral only.
The report’s key recommendations are:
Any restrictions on access on the basis of age, residence or method should be removed as a matter of urgency.
The Government should consider all of the evidence and recommendations presented within this Inquiry and publish a response to it as soon as possible.
Commissioners of contraceptive services must ensure that the contraception, and other sexual health services, that are commissioned in local areas, reflect the life course approach.
Officers of the APPG make decisions about the APPG’s meetings and topics. They are elected by the other members of the APPG at the Annual General Meeting.
Chair: Baroness Gould of Potternewton (Labour)
Vice Chairs: Baroness Flather (Crossbench), Baroness Tonge (Liberal Democrat) and Emily Thornberry MP (Labour)
The UK Parliament website holds a full list of the registered members of the APPG.
The APPG produces reports on key sexual health issues. You can download some of these below.
For further information about the APPG, contact:
FPA Policy and Parliamentary Manager
Tel: 020 7608 5258