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

/ 05:10 PM September 09, 2021
French Health Minister Olivier Veran

French Health Minister Olivier Veran speaks during a news conference on the government strategy for the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Paris, France, April 22, 2021. REUTERS FILE PHOTO

PARIS — 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.

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“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.

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

($1 = 0.8461 euros)

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