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Calls for subsidized contraception up to the age of 25

The Swedish Association for Sexuality Education, RFSU, is calling for the state to subsidize contraception for women up to the age of 25, reports Swedish Radio P3 News.

The government announced earlier this month that they want to make contraception free for anyone up to the age of 21, but RFSU believes this is not enough, citing that the number of abortions among women over the age of 20 has increased.

"Unwanted pregnancies are highest among 20 to 24-year-olds," Kristina Ljungros, chair of RFSU, told the radio station.

She believes one reason for the higher abortion rate among this age group is economic, saying that a lot of these women do not have a lot of financial resources.

"Putting one's money towards birth control can be a big expense," said Ljungros.

But she also believes another reason why the abortion rate for this age group has gone up has to do with an unwillingness to take birth control pills.

"We know that there are many young people who don't want to use hormone-based contraception. So, we think that all types of contraception should be subsidized," she said.

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