France extends free contraception benefits to women up to age 25

France will make access to contraception free for women up to 25 years from January 1, in a new move that will cost the state 21 million euros ($ 24.8 million) a year, he said. on Thursday the French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran.

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

“There is a decrease in contraceptive use among some young women and it is mainly due to financial reasons,” Véran told France 2 television.

“It is unbearable that women cannot protect themselves, they cannot have access to contraception if they want to make that decision because it is too expensive,” she added.

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

(REUTERS)

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