From the beginning of April, the French state will reimburse the 100 per cent of the abortion costs. Moreover, girls aged between 15 and 18 will be offered access to anonymous and free birth controls.
According to France 24, abortions in France number approximately 12,000 annually. Until now, French women over 18 could only receive up to 80 per cent of the cost, which can run up to €450. The new measure was proposed by the French President Francois Hollande during his 2012 campaign.
According to chief executive of the Centre for Reproductive Rights campaign group in the United States, Nancy Northup in recent decades there are numerous evidence which establish “an inextricable link between the availability of safe, legal means of ending a pregnancy and the fulfillment of women's right to health.”
The social measure by the French government together with the free contraception for younger girls and women, aims to further reduce the number of abortions in France.
According to the World Health Orgnisation, some of the countries of Western Europe have the lowest abortion rate in the world, at 12 per 1000 women of childbearing age, according to the European Health for All database (HFA-DB). However, on the other hand, eastern countries (such as Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, the Russian Federation, Slovakia and Ukraine) have the highest estimated abortion rates in the world. According to 2003 figures, there were more abortions than live births: 103 abortions per 100 births.