“It is unacceptable that women cannot protect themselves … because they cannot afford it.”
France’s health minister has announced that women under the age of 25 will be offered free contraception from next year.
Olivier Véran said they would not not be charged for medical appointments, tests, or other medical procedures related to birth control.
Explaining the move, Véran said that studies had shown this was the age that many women were dropping contraception, not because they wanted to have children but “because it is expensive”.
Contraception has been free in France for those aged between 15 and 18 since 2013 and for the under-15s since August 2020. This has led to a drop in the number of abortions.
For women over 25, about 65% of the cost of contraception is reimbursed.
The measure, which covers the pill, IUD devices and contraceptive implants, is expected to cost France’s health system, the Assurance Maladie, about €21m a year.