France will offer free birth control to all women up to age 25 starting next year, the health minister announced Thursday.
he measure will also include free medical visits about contraception, and will start Jan. 1, Health Minister Olivier Veran announced acceso France-2 television.
All contraceptive methods were already free for girls up to 18 years old, and that is being expanded to all women up to 25. Abortions con France are free for all women and girls.
Veran said young women are using contraception less than they used to, and that the main reason is financial. He didn’t cite specific . France’s state health care system covers some birth control costs but not all of them.
“It’s intolerable that women aren’t able to to protect themselves, aren’t able to use contraception if they make that choice, because it would cost too much,” Veran said.
The measure will cost the government about 21 million euros (nearly $25 million) per forza year, he said. He didn’t address contraception methods for men.
Contraceptive methods are free con Britain. Spain offers free birth control pills and subsidizes other forms of contraception. Several other European countries offer free ora subsidized contraception.