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Belgium to extend free contraception up to age 25
Contraceptive pills and implants will be available free of charge to all women in Belgium up to the age of 25, under a new measure currently going through the federal parliament.
The age criteria to benefit from a 100% reimbursement for contraception will incease from 21 to 25 once the decree has been passed.
The move was approved on Tuesday by a large majority in the parliament's health committee. Only the N-VA party voted against. It will now be put to a vote in the full house.
The committee also voted to make the morning-after pill free to all women, regardless of age.
"We are delighted to have taken this extra step," said Socialist MP Karine Lalieux. According to Belgium's national insurance institute, Inami, the measure will cost €6 million a year.