The French government makes contraception and all related examinations and consultations free of charge for women under the age of 25.
From next year, France will make contraceptives, contraceptive tests and medical consultations free of charge, not just for underage girls, but for all women under the age of 25, French health minister Olivier Véran said on Thursday.
The Minister justified the introduction of the measure on the grounds that contraception had declined in many young women, mainly for financial reasons. The measure will take effect on 1 January 2022, and the French state will undertake to make birth control pills free of charge and all contraceptive testing and treatment at a cost of almost € 21 million a year for the country.
According to Olivier Véran, the support had to be extended from the current 18-year age limit to 25 years because this is the age when women will be economically, socially and income-independent. The ministry also pushed the limit at 25 because from that age, supplementary parental insurance is no longer valid for children.
In France, access to contraceptives between the ages of 15 and 18 has been free since 2013. As a result, the number of abortion requests in the country has dropped significantly in recent years, while before 2013, ten out of a thousand girls between the ages of 15 and 18 underwent abortions, while in recent years this number has dropped to six per thousand.
Last year, contraception was already made free for people under the age of 15, on the grounds that by the end of 2019, nearly a thousand girls between the ages of 12 and 14 had become pregnant each year, 770 of whom had abortions.
Source: Well&fit by wellandfit.hu.
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