As of January 1, French authorities have made free access to contraceptives for women between the ages of 18 and 25, France 24 reports. Thus, they expanded the current program for minors, aimed at preventing unwanted pregnancies.
Expanding access to birth control pills, IUDs, contraception for financial reasons. French authorities estimate that up to three million women will benefit from the program, bTV reported.
From the beginning of 2022, the health insurance system will cover without cost the cost of contraceptives and related procedures such as annual consultation with a doctor or midwife and biological tests, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health.
To date, free contraception in France has been available only to girls under the age of 18, similar to other European countries such as Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Norway. In the UK, all women, regardless of age, have access to free contraception, Deutsche Welle notes.
Women between the ages of 18 and 25 are very vulnerable because they are deprived of many of the rights enjoyed by minors and are highly economically unstable, according to the All Forward Women’s Rights Group.