Contraception will now be free in France for women up to 25 years old, an advantage no longer reserved for young girls, announced Thursday the French Minister of Health, Olivier Véran.
“I have observed, in conjunction with the scientific authorities, a decline in contraception in a number of young women, and the first reason is a renunciation for financial reasons,” said Olivier Véran on the France 2 television channel.
“There will be support for hormonal contraception, the biological assessment that can go with it, the prescription consultation and all the care that is related to this contraception up to 25 years,” said the Minister.
This expansion of free education represents “an effort of 21 million euros” per year, from January 1, he said.
The bar has been set at 25, because “it is an age which corresponds, in terms of economic, social and income” to “more autonomy”, added the minister. “This is also the age when we will definitively leave the complementary health care system in our home. “
Free contraception has already been granted since 2013 to young girls aged 15 to 18, whose rate of abortion (voluntary termination of pregnancy) has since dropped significantly, from 9.5 to 6 per 1000 between 2012 and 2018.
Since August 2020, it has been extended to those under 15.
To justify the extension to children under 15, the government indicated at the end of 2019 that “each year, nearly 1000 young girls aged 12 to 14 are pregnant in France” and that “among these pregnancies, 770 end in abortion “.