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Calls for Australia to make contraception free following similar moves by British Columbia, parts of Europe

ABC News, Australia

April 12, 2023

As parts of Europe and Canada start to provide free access to contraception, women's rights and sexual health advocates are trying to build momentum toward a similar change in Australia. Last month, British Columbia became the first Canadian province to make prescription contraception free for all residents.


F*ck The Patriarchy - Free Access To Prescription Contraception in BC

Sick Boy Podcast,

April 12, 2023

This week the fellas are joined by Sara (an NP) and Teale (PHD in International Studies) from AccessBC. They discuss the high cost of prescription contraception in British Columbia and how it impacts access for those who need it the most. They highlight the significant cost of different methods, including the intrauterine device, oral contraceptive pills, and hormone injections. Lucky for us, AccessBC promotes universal coverage for prescription contraception. The campaign believes that providing access to free contraception is not only the right thing to do for vulnerable populations, but it also reduces gender inequality, improves health outcomes for parents and children, and makes good fiscal sense. The good news is that the policy has been included in the 2023 provincial budget, and as of April 1, 2023, prescription contraception in BC will be free!


British Columbia’s coverage of contraceptives should inspire the rest of North America

The Conversation,

April 10, 2023

As of April 1, 2023 all residents of British Columbia gained access to free prescription contraception. This includes the birth control pill, injections and implants, IUDs and emergency contraception known as Plan B or the “morning after” pill.


B.C. begins to rollout free prescription contraceptives for all residents

CHEK News, April 1, 2023

The province has begun offering free prescription contraceptives to all British Columbia residents. B.C.’s Finance Minister Katrine Conroy announced last month that the province would commit $119 million for three years of free prescription contraceptives to all residents as part of the B.C. Budget.


No-cost contraception is the leadership Canada needs to follow

The Hill Times, March 13, 2023

On Feb. 28, the British Columbia government took historic action and said it will become the first province in Canada to provide universal no-cost coverage for prescription contraception. 


B.C.’s groundbreaking plan to fund birth control

The Decibel, March 9, 2023

British Columbia revealed its 2023 budget on Feb. 28. It introduced a host of new spending measures including a first in Canada: A plan to make contraception universally available in the province free of charge. Globe health reporter, Carly Weeks explains why reproductive health experts are celebrating the move and what this could mean for funding contraception in the rest of the country.


The grassroots movement that made contraception free in B.C.

Vancouver Sun, March 5, 2023

When prescription contraceptives become free starting April 1, it will be the culmination of an effort begun seven years ago by a grassroots group called AccessBC that had its start in a Vancouver Island kitchen as a back-of-the-envelope rough idea.


Health Benefits, Savings Seen in New Free Contraception Plan

The Tyee, March 2, 2023

British Columbia will be the first province or territory to make prescription contraception free starting April 1, a move one expert said offers “a beacon of hope” for the rest of the country. This week’s provincial budget allotted $119 million over the next three years to eliminate out-of-pocket costs for prescription contraceptives including oral hormonal pills, contraceptive injections, sub-dermal implants, copper and hormonal IUDs and Plan B, the morning-after pill


Why is it important to have free access to contraception for people in BC?

CFAX 1070, March 2, 2023

Warren speaks with Dr. Ruth Habte, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Resident Physician at UBC, AccessBC Campaign Organizer.

AccessBC has been advocating for universal, no-cost coverage for prescription contraception in BC since 2017. Starting April 1, 2023, BC will become the first jurisdiction in Canada to make prescription contraception free to all residents.


B.C. to make contraception free — a first in Canada

CBC News, March 1, 2023

On April 1, B.C. will become the first Canadian jurisdiction to make prescription contraception free for all residents, including oral pills, injections, IUDs and the morning-after pill Plan B. Some are hoping other provinces will follow suit.


B.C.’s free contraception plan renews push for Ottawa, other provinces to follow suit

Global News, March 1, 2023

Proponents of British Columbia’s move to provide free prescription contraception say the policy could spur other provinces to follow suit but a national plan would best serve people’s reproductive needs and slash health-care costs overall.


B.C. making prescription contraceptives free this year

CTV News, February 28, 2023

The B.C. government says it will be the first province in Canada to make prescription contraceptives free for all residents. The province says its free prescription contraceptive program will begin on April 1. The new program was announced during the province's 2023 budget overview, which was released Tuesday. The province says it will spend $119 million over the next three years for the program.

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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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