Women in France aged up to 25 years old will get access to free birth control from January 2022 onwards. The initiative is part of the country’s plans to combat young women not taking advantage of contraception for financial reasons.
The new measure, which covers the pill, IUD devices and contraceptive implants, reportedly cost the state around 21 million euros ($24.8 million) per year, French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Thursday.
Olivier Véran said those under 25 would not be charged for medical appointments, tests, or other medical procedures related to birth control.
“This will cover hormonal contraception, biological tests that goes with it, the prescription of contraception and all care related to this contraception up until the age of 25.
"There is a decline in contraception use among some young women and it is mainly for financial reasons," Veran told France 2 television.
"It is unbearable that women cannot protect themselves, cannot have access to contraception if they want to make that choice because it is too expensive," he added.
At present, the age limit for free access to contraception in France was 18 years.
The policy announcement comes as President Emmanuel Macron's government prepares for the 2022 election campaign.
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