Free birth control to those who are under 25 and require birth control will be offered in France.
This comes after Health Minister Olivier Veran made an announcement, declaring that as of January 1, 2022, the country will start to offer free birth control to all women up to the age of 25.
The plan will also include free medical visits about such contraception. This isn’t France’s first move though… up until now, all contraceptive methods in France were free for girls up to the age of 18, and abortions were free for all females.
However, protests ensued earlier this year around International Women’s Day in Paris at Republique Square, raising awareness around women’s rights, which could have impacted the choice to raise the age of free contraception to 25.
While he did not cite specific data, Veran revealed that young women tend to use contraception less. He attributed this to financial reasons, impacted by the fact that the health care system in France covers some, but not all, of the costs of birth control.
As Veran stated: ‘It’s intolerable that women aren’t able to protect themselves, aren’t able to use contraception if they make that choice, because it would cost too much.’, adding that the new plan will cost around 21 million euros annually for the French government.
Over in the UK, women receive all contraceptive methods for free, whilst countries like Spain offer free contraceptive pills but subsidize other types of contraception.
Should Malta be implementing this intiative?