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“Sex work is work, and sex workers deserve to work in conditions that are safe and healthy,” said Devon Black, co-founder of AccessBC. “For many sex workers, one of the tools they need to work safely is their contraception of choice. Unfortunately, sex workers often face additional barriers in accessing contraception, which can expose them to unnecessary health risks while trying to make ends meet.”

AccessBC, December 17, 2019

“Too often, intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion go hand-in-hand,” said Devon Black, co-founder of AccessBC. “Unfortunately, one of the biggest barriers to accessing contraception is cost, and in abusive relationships it’s common for the abusive partner to try to control every aspect of the relationship - including finances.”

AccessBC, December 6, 2019

B.C. Premier John Horgan says his government is open to funding universal, publicly funded contraception as advocates insist the program could actually save money in the long run....

"Even though there are programs in place that can assist some people in accessing contraception there are still people falling through the cracks," Devon Black, co-founder of AccessBC told CTV News via Skype.

CTV News, December 5, 2019

"...we should seriously consider committing to a universal contraception program. Not only will this relieve some fiscal pressure on our communities, but it will also enhance the reproductive rights of non-trans women and acknowledge their personal autonomy, dignity, and experience. We really shouldn’t settle for anything less. 

Georgia Straight, October 2, 2019

Groups call on province for free prescriptions on World Contraception Day

In honour of World Contraception Day – which takes place on Sept. 26 annually – AccessBC and Options for Sexual Health are asking the B.C. government to make all forms of prescription birth free and to support health care sites in providing the full range of contraception options.

Victoria News, September 26, 2019

Group says prescription contraception should be free across BC

In an online statement, AccessBC says the costs of contraception “[falls] disproportionately on women and people with uteruses, and cost represents a significant barrier, particularly to women with low incomes, youth, and people from marginalized communities.”

Daily Hive, September 26, 2019

World Contraception Day - Joint Statement   Options for Sexual Health - AccessBC 

We call on the Government of British Columbia and the Legislative Assembly to ensure that the 2020 budget includes provisions to make all forms of prescription contraception universally accessible and free for any citizen. We call on the government to ensure that all community clinics, hospitals, and identified health care sites are supported to carry a full complement of contraception, to ensure that choice is available based on the needs and personal preference of the individual seeking the contraception. 

AccessBC, September 26, 2019

The pill should be free across B.C., groups argue on Gender Equality Week

Two groups, Options for Sexual Health and AccessBC, argue the cost of providing universal access to oral contraceptives, intra-uterine devices (IUDs) and hormone injections would actually be offset by the savings that would result from fewer unplanned pregnancies to the province's public health system.

CTV News, September 25, 2019

Group backs B.C. push for free contraception

“It’s heartening to see that the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services recommending that the 2020 budget include efforts to explore the provision of free contraception in a targeted and incremental manner,” said Access B.C. co-founder Devon Black.

Times Colonist, August 11, 2019

BC Humanist Association Podcast - Bree Gardner from AccessBC

A presentation by AccessBC's very own Bree Gardner to a meeting of the BC Humanist Association. 

BC Humanists, August 2019

Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff presentation to the Budget 2020 Consultation Committee

The AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception in BC, Co-founder and Committee Chair, Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, speaking to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services: Budget 2020 Consultation, on June 10, 2019.

Hansard, June 22, 2019

Une campagne pour le remboursement des contraceptifs féminins

Selon la méthode utilisée, la contraception féminine peut coûter jusqu'à près de 400$ par année. Une avocate de Victoria, Devon Black, et son regroupement, Access BC, font campagne pour que la contraception sur ordonnance soit gratuite. À l'heure actuelle, les types de contraception sur ordonnance les plus populaires ne sont pas couverts par l'assurance-maladie.

Radio Canada, March 26, 2019

Campaign aims to remove contraception barriers

AccessBC has just launched a campaign to remove barriers to prescription contraception, with a goal of seeking universal coverage of prescription contraceptives.

On Friday, as part of Victoria’s celebration of International Women’s Day, the group launched its campaign and is encouraging members of the public to contact their MLAs on the issue.

Times Colonist, March 10, 2019

Saanich advocacy group calls for free prescription contraception in B.C.

AccessBC, an advocacy group based in Saanich, is calling on the provincial government to pay for all prescription contraception.

“Things like birth control and IUDs are expensive,” said Devon Black with AccessBC.  “As of 2016, about 61 per cent of Canadian women have had an unplanned pregnancy.”

She says the majority of the time those costs fall on women.

CHEK News, March 8, 2019

Provincial campaign started in Saanich calls for free prescription contraception

This is also a question of gender equality, said Black. “Right now, women get the short end of the stick almost every time when it comes to reproductive costs,” she said. While men can easily access condoms for little or no cost, and MSP covers vasectomies, the most reliable contraception methods for women are only available with prescriptions, and can significant amounts. “If an unplanned pregnancy occurs, most of those costs fall on women as well,” she said.

Oak Bay News, March 7, 2019

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