It's time for free prescription contraception in BC!
We believe prescription contraception is a right, not a luxury. Helping people exercise their sexual and reproductive rights makes British Columbia a better province for everyone.
Free prescription contraception increases equality, improves health outcomes, and saves people and the government money!
We are calling on the BC NDP government to fulfill their 2020 election promise to make all prescription contraception free.
People in British Columbia have been waiting too long for this important policy.
Prescription contraception in British Columbia is expensive - an intrauterine device (IUD) can cost between $75 and $380, oral contraceptive pills can cost $20 per month, and hormone injections can cost as much as $180 per year. These costs make prescription contraception difficult or even impossible to access for the people who need it most.
AccessBC's campaign is based on the idea that universal coverage for prescription contraception is good policy - it helps the most vulnerable people in our communities, it reduces gender inequality, it improves health outcomes for parents and children, and it makes good fiscal sense.
In their 2020 election platform, the BC NDP promised to make all prescription contraception free (see page 14), and free contraception was supported by the BC Liberals and the BC Greens (see page 10). Unfortunately, this policy was not included in the 2021 or 2022 budgets! Our campaign is working to keep up the pressure to ensure that this important policy is implemented as soon as possible!