Annika Saarikko (Centre), the Minister of Family Affairs and Social Services, has expressed her excitement about the findings of a birth control study conducted in Vantaa.
YLE on Sunday reported that pregnancies in under 20-year-old women decreased by as much as a third in three years after the city began offering free birth control to the age group. Vantaa has distributed free contraceptive supplies, such as intrauterine devices and birth control implants, to women since 2013.
The city expanded its contraception programme to also include short-term contraceptives in March, making birth control completely free for under 20-year-old women.
Saarikko lauded the results of the free contraception programme and the example set by the city in an interview on YLE TV1 on Wednesday.
She argued that all efforts to prevent teenage abortions are welcome if only from an economic perspective and floated the possibility of launching a similar programme nationwide as part of the social, health care and regional government reform.
“It’d be possible to introduce this decree [along with the other revisions necessitated by the reform],” she commented.
Saarikko also pointed out that a nationwide programme would promote equality between young people in various parts of Finland. The National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) has reported that 35 municipalities currently offer free contraceptive supplies to their young residents.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Emmi Korhonen – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi