Free contraception

The Green Party has long campaigned for free access to contraception, securing a commitment in the Programme for Government. Free access to contraception for women and girls aged 17-25 was agreed as part of a €31 million package for women’s health in Budget 2022.

'Make It Free' - a campaign for free contraception

The Green Party has long campaigned for free access to contraception. Reproductive Justice is the complete physical, mental, spiritual, political, social and economic well-being of women and girls, based on the full achievement and protection of women's human rights

A report on the Working Group on Access to Contraception published in 2019 identified that factors such as local access, cost, embarrassment, inconvenience and lack of knowledge were among the barriers to accessing contraception. It also highlighted that young women and vulnerable groups should be prioritised when giving free contraception.

As part of our 2020 Manifesto, we campaigned for contraception and related GP visits to be free of charge to ensure that costs are not a barrier to family planning decisions.

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Prioritising women’s health care is essential to ensuring we have an equal Ireland for every woman. Repealing the Eighth Amendment was a huge leap forward but it’s not the only reproductive care that is needed. Our next step is set to out a timeline for the development of a scheme for universal free contraception in the lifetime of this government.

The Green Party secured a commitment in the Programme for Government to roll out free access to contraception to women and girls aged 17 to 25 as a matter of priority, and to set out a timeline for the development of a scheme for universal free contraception in the lifetime of this government.

Following a motion to the Seanad from the Green Party to seek action on this commitment, the Government announced that free access to contraception will be given to women and girls aged 17-25 as part of a €31 million package for women’s health in Budget 2022.

Green Party Senators Pauline O'Reilly, Vincent P Martin and Róisín Garvey bring a motion for free contraceptive to the Seanad in December 2020

Access to free contraception will give young women control over their own bodies and lives

The Green Party has welcomed the government announcement that free access to contraception will be given to women and girls aged 17-25. The scheme is part of a €31 million package for women’s health announced for Budget 2022.

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