France to give free access to contraception for women aged up to 25

by Reuters
Thursday, 9 September 2021 06:51 GMT

FILE PHOTO: An illustration picture shows blister-packs and a box of acne drug Diane-35, which is also used as a contraceptive, in a pharmacy in Andernos, Southwestern France, January 30, 2013. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

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Financial barriers are preventing young women from getting contraception, said France's health minister

PARIS, Sept 9 (Reuters) - France will make access to birth control free for women aged up to 25 years old from January 1 onwards, in a new measure that will cost the state 21 million euros ($24.8 million) per year, French Health Minister Olivier Veran said on Thursday.

The policy announcement comes as President Emmanuel Macron's government prepares for the 2022 election campaign.

"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.

Until now, the age limit for free access to contraception in France was 18 years.

($1 = 0.8461 euros) (Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)

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