Free contraception for women 17 to 25 a step forward in prioritising women’s healthcare

Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has welcomed the commencement of the scheme to allow women aged between 17 and 25 to avail of free contraception from today. 

Under the free contraception scheme, eligible women can avail of free prescription charges, two free GP consultations a year, and insertion and removal of long-lasting contraception including implants and emergency contraception. 

Commenting, the Kildare Senator said, 

“I’m delighted to see this free contraception for women aged between 17 to 25 come into place. 

“This will help reduce the financial burden on young women but it also prioritises their healthcare and provides a pathway to making contraception free for women of all ages. 

‘As the Chair of the Oireachtas Women’s Caucus and Liason to the Fianna Fáil Women’s Network I have been advocating for free contraception for women over the last number of years. 

“Fianna Fáil is committed to prioritising women’s healthcare and huge strides are being made in the area. 

“Fianna Fáil recently launched a policy document which contains ambitious, deliverable and sustainable policies across the life course of women’s healthcare and we are committed to achieving progress on this while in Government.”