France, Ireland move to make contraception free for young women

French lawmakers vote to cover birth-control costs.

France, Ireland move to make contraception free for young women

French lawmakers early Saturday agreed to make contraception free for women aged between 18 and 25.

The Assemblée Nationale added a measure covering the cost of young women’s birth control to the 2022 budget for social security. The budget will be formally voted on Tuesday and needs the approval of the Senate before year-end. If approved, it will come into force Jan. 1.

The Irish government announced a similar move Friday, approving funding to cover free female contraception for the 17-25 age group and related medical support.

France’s government presented its proposal in September citing a decline in contraception use.

Three million women could benefit from the new rule, at an estimated yearly cost to the state of €21 million.

French lawmakers also asked the government for a report on how to support research into male birth control, French media reported.

Contraception is already free for girls up to the age of 18 in France.

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Turkey calls 10 western ambassadors ‘persona non grata’ over civil rights criticism

Envoys from Germany, France, US and others had demanded activist's 'urgent release.'

Turkey calls 10 western ambassadors ‘persona non grata’ over civil rights criticism

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday said he had ordered the country’s Foreign Ministry to declare 10 ambassadors from western countries “persona non grata” after the diplomats called for the release of an imprisoned civil-society leader.

The ambassadors on Monday released a joint statement marking the fourth anniversary of the detention of Osman Kavala, a prominent businessman, activist and philanthropist who promoted civil rights in Turkey before he was first detained in 2017. The ambassadors called for Kavala’s “urgent release.”

It was not clear if Erdogan’s comments meant Turkey would immediately expel the ambassadors from the United States, Germany, France, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, Norway and New Zealand, who all signed the letter.

Erdogan said they “should either understand Turkey or they should leave,” local news reports said.

Kavala’s detention has drawn wide international criticism, including from the European Court of Human Rights.

The western ambassadors were summoned to the Foreign Ministry on Tuesday and Erdogan already lashed out at the group in public remarks on Thursday, calling their demands “irresponsible.”

Declaring the officials “persona non grata” would no longer guarantee diplomatic immunity and is usually tantamount to expulsion.

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