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B.C. premier says 'progress' being made on free birth control promise

CTV News, Jan. 17, 2023

B.C. Premier David Eby says his government is making progress on providing free access to prescription birth control as advocates urge the NDP to make good on a campaign promise quickly. On the side of the Pat Bay Highway, drivers heading from the ferry to Victoria will see a billboard that reads "Free contraception is long overdue" and urges them to write to Eby.

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The Early edition with Stephen Quinn

CBC Radio, Jan. 17, 2023

A group advocating for access to free contraception in BC has begun an advertising campaign in the leadup to the provincial budget. We hear from Surrey high school student Sophie Choong, the marketing director for AccessBC.

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Free contraception billboard on the Pat Bay meant to remind MLAs of their promises

Victoria Buzz, Jan. 16, 2023

“Our fundraising campaign was massively successful, we look forward to our advertisements bringing greater attention to the AccessBC cause and we hope that it will help mobilize as wide a range of people as possible to pressure the government to include this important issue into the 2023 provincial budget.”

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Radio West with Sarah Penton

CBC Radio, Dec. 14, 2022

A Vancouver-based advocacy group called Access BC is working to make contraception free for everyone after premier David Eby included this in the health minister's marching orders. Interview with our very own Dr. Ruth Habte.

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The Current with Matt Galloway

CBC Radio, Dec. 13, 2022

And an advocacy group in B.C. is calling on the provincial government to make prescription contraception free for everyone. We discuss the impact that might have with Dr. Wendy Norman, the Family Planning Public Health Research Chair with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. (Listen at ~58 minutes).

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Access BC réclame la contraception gratuite promise par le gouvernement

Radio Canada, Dec. 11, 2022

Un organisme qui milite pour la contraception sur ordonnance gratuite en Colombie-Britannique talonne le gouvernement provincial pour qu’il l’inclue dans son prochain budget, rappelant au Nouveau Parti démocratique (NPD) sa promesse de la campagne électorale de 2020.

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Advocates seek funding for free contraception in next B.C. budget

Globe and Mail, Dec. 8, 2022

A B.C. advocacy group says it’s going to push the government to fulfill a promise to cover the cost of prescription contraception, and for it to be included in the next provincial budget. The B.C. NDP promised to make prescription contraception free for all as part of its 2020 campaign, in what would be a first for a provincial government.

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Government needs to deliver of promise of free contraception

Castanet, October 4, 2022

In the last provincial election I celebrated that all parties promised free contraception for women. That was something that everyone could agree on. It is something I have continued to ask for, formally as (B.C. Liberal) health critic and now as the critic for gender, equity and diversity. I am disappointed the NDP government has had six years to deliver on its promise and it hasn’t yet. Which is why I will continue to press Health Minister Adrian Dix on this (issue). Why is it so important? Equity.

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AccessBC: The case for no-cost contraception in British Columbia

BCMJ, September 7, 2022

"Doctor, can I have a Mirena IUD? I can’t afford to get pregnant again,” asked a postpartum patient who had multiple adverse conditions in pregnancy. “Of course, let’s chat about it,” I replied. “You don’t understand, my OB said she might be able to get me one for free.”

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BCFS endorses campaign for free contraceptives in B.C.

The Runner, August 27, 2022

The British Columbia Federation of Students (BCFS) has endorsed the AccessBC campaign to provide every British Columbian with better access to contraceptives. AccessBC, a campaign that began in 2017, calls on the B.C. government to lower the cost of contraceptives so everyone in the province can access it, regardless of their income. 

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Roe v. Wade overturned, bringing B.C.'s reproductive access into focus

BurnabyNow, June 24, 2022

“The news coming out of United States is horrifying,” Teale Phelps Bondaroff, chair and co-founder of AccessBC, told Glacier Media in May following the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion.
 

“When we see a draft opinion, like the one that we saw in United States coming forward that fundamentally undermines a person's right to choose what happens to their body, we have feelings of outrage and frustration and horror and anger.”

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Advocates for free contraception disappointed election promise wasn't funded in 2022 B.C. budget

CBC, March 3, 2022

A B.C. advocacy group is calling on the provincial government to provide free prescription contraception to all British Columbians after it was promised during the 2020 election campaign but not included in the 2022 provincial budget. In a statement, Access B.C. says it was extremely disappointed in the lack of funding and wants the B.C. NDP to "fulfill its election promise to make all forms of prescription contraception universally accessible at no cost."

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B.C. NDP promises free prescription contraception if elected

The Globe and Mail,

October 14, 2021

“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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