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Are all women in Canada really free to choose?

UBC Women's Health Research Cluster, Feb. 27, 2021

There are numerous benefits to accessible contraception, which are evident in studies in North America and around the world. In Canada, the cost of contraception is almost entirely the responsibility of the user, with few exceptions. This is in contrast to several countries which similarly have universal health care, but have chosen to subsidize prescription contraception, either in full or in part. 

Sechelt council wants contraception to be free

Coast Reporter, Feb. 24, 2021

Contraception should be universally free, says the City of Vernon – and District of Sechelt council agrees.

Sechelt council is supporting an effort by Vernon council to make prescription contraception free in B.C.

Pushing the Pill: Vernon’s push for free contraception backed by other municipalities

Vernon Morning Star,
Feb. 20, 2021

The City of Vernon has asked the province to consider making free contraception a reality in B.C., and other municipalities are following suit.
 

Vernon Council sent a letter to the province and other of B.C. municipalities in November 2020. The letter to Premier John Horgan and other ministers stated that access to contraception under the Medical Services Plan makes sense from a health perspective.

AccessBC advocates for no-cost prescription contraception

The Peak, Feb. 15, 2021

AccessBC is pushing for various types of contraception (such as the contraceptive patch, implant, and oral pill) to be available to all BC residents at no cost. “Access to contraception in BC is recognized as a basic human right, but unfortunately many people in BC can’t access this right,” they stated.

The Peak interviewed Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, chair and co-founder of AccessBC, Dr. Ruth Habte, resident physician at UBC gynecology, and SFU alumni and UBC medical student, Samuel Kirk, to find out more about the group’s campaign. 

Birth Control is empowering, here’s what you need to know about your contraception options

The Martlet, Feb. 12, 2021

“When people don’t know about contraception options, then they don’t seek them out,” says Devon Black, co-founder of Access BC. “But if they’re concerned that the price for accessing contraception is going to be such a big obstacle that they can’t get it in the first place, then, in that case, it often shuts them off from going to talk to their doctor about options at all.”

Free birth control supported by Powell River council

Powell River Peak, Feb. 5, 2021

At the February 4 city council meeting, councillor Cindy Elliott said a letter was received from City of Rossland suggesting Powell River support the initiative. Elliott said she wanted to make a motion that the city write to provincial ministers of finance and health, as well as premier John Horgan and Powell River-Sunshine Coast MLA Nicholas Simons, supporting universal, no-cost access to all prescription contraception available in BC under the medical services plan.

UNBC could become first Canadian University to offer free menstrual products in bathrooms

My PG Now, Feb. 10, 2021

Elsewhere in the region, Valemount Village Council will be offering free condoms and menstrual products in public facilities. It has also endorsed free prescription birth control....​ Valemount is the 14th municipality to individually endorse universal, no-cost coverage of prescription contraception in the province and the first in Northern BC.

Valemount to offer free condoms and menstrual products at facilities; endorses free prescription contraception

PG Daily News, February 1, 2021

On Tuesday, the Village of Valemount council passed two motions that will help increase equality in the village. The first motion allocates $1,555 in the 2021 budget to provide free menstrual products and condoms in the village’s public facilities. In the second motion, the council agreed to send a letter to Victoria calling for universal prescription contraceptive coverage through the BC Medical Services Plan, at no charge to the public.

District of Sparwood revisits support for no-cost contraception

The Free Press, Oct. 21. 2020

The District of Sparwood has voted to support the City of New Westminster’s lobbying the provincial government to support no-cost prescription contraception.

At the Oct. 20 regular meeting, three representatives for the Sparwood Contraception Access Advocates (SCAA) – Justine Bowen, Joni Laberge and Rylee McDonald – stood before council to request the letter of support, along with an amendment to Sparwood’s Official Community Plan (OCP) and an apology to those disregarded by previous decisions.

B.C. NDPs free birth control pledge a win for equality, will pay for itself: advocates

Victoria News, Oct. 14, 2020

The campaign promise, announced by NDP Leader John Horgan last week, is expected to cost $60 million each year.
 

Devon Black and Teale Phelps Bondaroff, co-founders of AccessBC, said that they’ve been advocating for free birth control in B.C. for four years. “We were really excited,” Phelps Bondaroff said. The group, although non-partisan, helped pass the policy at an NDP convention in 2017, the first step to getting it to an election platform.

B.C. NDP promises free prescription contraception if elected

Globe and Mail,
Oct. 11, 2020

“This is such an important step,” said Chen. “It has been such a barrier for people to be able to have their basic reproductive health and rights.”

The party said the program to provide, for example, oral contraceptive pills or intrauterine devices, will cost the government $60 million a year.

Chen said the move to make prescription contraception free is a continuation of the effort the government made to have free menstrual products in the bathrooms of all public schools.

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