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New French Law Offers No-Cost Contraception to Teens Without Parental Consent

New French Law Offers No-Cost Contraception to Teens Without Parental Consent

December 21, 2012 — A new law in France will allow girls ages 15 to 18 to obtain no-cost contraception from their family physician without parental notification, NPR's "All Things Considered" reports.

Currently, no-cost contraception is only available in the country through family planning clinics. Under the new law, the French government in January will begin paying for the cost of contraception, as well as medical consultations, for adolescents who wish to remain anonymous.

Unlike the debate over contraception leading up to the U.S. election last month, the French law has faced little backlash, according to "All Things Considered."

Only one Catholic group opposed the measure, arguing that the money would be better used on sex education in schools (Beardsley, "All Things Considered," NPR, 12/18).