Birth control will be made free for women aged up to 25 years old from January 1 in France, French Health Minister Olivier Veran on Thursday .
Birth control pills, hormonal and non-hormonal intrauterine devices are covered, as well as visits to health care professionals prescribing them. Condoms need to be prescribed to be part of the scheme.
The move will cost the state €21 million per year, Véran said.
Up until now in France, women could access contraception for free until the age of 18. The yearly rate of abortions among French teenagers between 15 and 18 dropped from 9.5 for 1,000 girls in 2012 to 6 in 2018.
“There is a decline in contraception use among some young women and the biggest reason is financial,” Veran told public broadcaster France 2.
“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.
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