Women in Ireland aged 17 to 25 can now avail of free contraception through a new government scheme which launched on 14th September 2022.
The Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (No 2) Act 2022, which provides for the free contraception scheme, was signed into law in July by President Michael D Higgins.
Women can contact their local GP to discuss their options as the new scheme includes advice on which contraception to use, collecting the product from a pharmacist and follow-on appointments.
The scheme will also cover emergency contraception provided by a GP or pharmacist.
Calls have already been made by the National Women’s Council to offer this free service to women outside the eligible age group, stating “It’s crucial that Government follows this excellent first step up with a widening of the age bracket in the budget at the end of the month”.
The Scheme is expected to cost the state €28M annually.
About the Author: Nicholas Moore, Solicitor on the Medical Negligence Team.