Guest of France 2 this Thursday morning, Olivier Véran, Minister of Health, announced that from January 1, contraception will be free for all women up to the age of 25.

Contraception will become free for all women up to the age of 25 from January 1. Announcement made this Thursday by Olivier Véran, Minister of Health, guest of France 2. Until now, the free only concerned minors. “There will be support for hormonal contraception, the biological assessment that can go with it, the consultation of prescription and all the care which is related to this contraception up to 25 years”, announced the Minister.

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Olivier Véran justified this decision by “a decline in contraception in a certain number of young women” with the main motive “for giving up for financial reasons. It is unbearable that women cannot protect themselves, cannot have contraception because it costs them too much “.

A measure which will cost according to the minister 21 million euros and which will be effective from January 1. The age of 25 was chosen for several reasons according to Olivier Véran. “It is an age which corresponds in terms of economic life, social life and income to an age which goes with more autonomy. It is also the age when one will definitively leave the complementary health of one’s home. Studies also show us that it is also the determining age below which too many women give up contraception. “

Free contraception had 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 1,000. between 2012 and 2018. Since August 2020, it has been extended to children under 15. To justify the extension to children under 15, the government indicated at the end of 2019 that “each year, nearly 1,000 young girls aged 12 to 14 are pregnant in France” and that “among these pregnancies, 770 end in abortion “.

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