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Pill to become free-of-charge for women under 25

The Federal Parliament’s Health Select Committee has approved measures proposed by the Francophone socialist to make the contraceptive pill free-off-charge to all women under the age of 25. The morning after pill will become free for all women regardless of their age. Only the Flemish nationalists voted against the proposals. 

The government must put the measures into a royal decree before they become law.  Currently contraception is free-of-charge for those under 21. However, the Francophone socialists says that a growing number of young women are finding it difficult to make ends meet. In July of last year 45,000 women between the ages of 21 and 25 were living on welfare.  

The Flemish Christian democrats and the liberals tabled amendments that stipulate that the new rules will only take force once they have been published in a Royal Decree. According, to figures from the Federal Health and Invalidity Insurance Institute the measures will cost around 6 million euro per annum.