Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has launched a free contraceptive scheme for women aged 17 to 25 living in Ireland. About 250,000 women will benefit from it. The goal is to avoid unwanted pregnancies and therefore limit abortions.
With our correspondent in Dublin, Laura Tauchanov
In Ireland, to benefit from the contraceptive pill, a prescription from a registered general practitioner is required for the device, and women cannot get it free over the counter at their pharmacy. United Kingdom or United States, for example. A nine million euro fund has been allocated to support the program in the 2022 budget.
In the long term, the goal is to eliminate these young women’s portfolios. In Ireland, a pill every six months is estimated to cost between €65 and €100. Added to this is the cost of a consultation with a doctor which is not free.
Reduce the use of abortion
So why this age group? Studies indicate that the greatest risk for a surprise pregnancy is between the ages of 17 and 25. It is also at this age that they are generally not financially independent. For associations, this should be extended to women of all ages and economic conditions.
This operation also has a second desire, perhaps the most sensitive: the government wants to reduce the number of unwanted pregnancies, therefore Access to abortions. In a country where only 10% of GPs still admit to practicing it, and less than half of maternity wards are equipped with appropriate services, a free pill could make a difference.