Press Releases and Statements

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AccessBC, September 22, 2021

Joint Statement: Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocates Call for Free Prescription Contraception on World Contraception Day 2021

Access to contraception is a human right. Universal coverage for contraception empowers people, improves health outcomes, and leads to significant cost savings. This World Contraception Day, September 26, 2021, the AccessBC Campaign, joined by Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights, the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC), CoverContraceptiON, and Birth Control Access for Manitoba, are calling for universal no-cost prescription contraception in British Columbia and across all of Canada.

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AccessBC, September 15, 2021

Frontline Healthcare Workers Call for Universal Free Contraception

The AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception is launching a social media campaign as it gears up for World Contraception Day, on September 26, 2021. AccessBC is asking participants to share a photo of themselves with a sign declaring why they support universal no-cost prescription contraception. 

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AccessBC, September 3, 2021

AccessBC Campaign - 2022 Budget Consultation Written Submission

Our written submission to the 2022 Budget Consultation Committee, calling for universal no-cost prescription contraception be included in the 2022 provincial budget.

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AccessBC, July 30, 2021

City of Courtenay Council Calls on Provincial Government to Make All Prescription Contraception Free

On Monday, July 26, 2021, Courtenay municipal council voted to send a letter of support to the provincial government, calling on it to make all prescription contraception universally available at no cost. The motion follows a delegation presentation by AccessBC at the July 19th, 2021 Council meeting.

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AccessBC, May 10, 2021

Fort St. John Endorses Free Prescription Contraception

On Monday, May 10, 2021, Fort St. John municipal council voted to send a letter of support to the provincial government, calling on it to make all prescription contraception universally available at no cost.

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AccessBC, April 20, 2021

AccessBC Statement on the 2021 BC Provincial Budget Release

“The effects of COVID-19 have disproportionately affected women, who are more likely to do high-contact, economically insecure, and unprotected work, while increasing their care burdens at home and leaving them at greater risk for domestic violence,” said AccessBC co-founder Devon Black. “Access to contraception isn’t a silver bullet, but it is one way to help combat the gender inequalities that this pandemic has aggravated.”

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AccessBC, March 8, 2021

AccessBC Campaign Statement: International Women’s Day 2021

On March 8, 2021, people from around the world will celebrate International Women’s Day. This year’s theme is #ChooseToChallenge. AccessBC is proud to stand with the IWD 2021 campaign  to challenge gender bias and inequality - especially through advocacy for the right to accessible contraception.

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AccessBC, Feb. 9, 2021

Advocates Across Country Call on Federal Government to Provide Free Prescription Contraception

Access to contraception is a human right. Universal coverage for contraception empowers people, improves health outcomes, and leads to significant cost savings. Today, Action Canada for Sexual Health and Rights and the AccessBC Campaign are calling on the federal government to announce universal no-cost prescription contraception in its 2021 budget.

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AccessBC, Oct. 23, 2020

Sparwood Council Adds Support For Free Prescription Contraception

On October 20, 2020, after a presentation from the Sparwood Contraceptive Access Advocates (SCAA), District of Sparwood Council passed a motion to write a letter calling on the Provincial Government to cover all prescription contraception at no cost under the BC Medical Services Plan. 

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AccessBC, Oct. 16, 2020

Devon Black, AccessBC Campaign Co-Founder Responds to Laurie Throness Scandal

AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception co-founder Devon Black responds to the recent scandal involving former BC Liberal candidate Laurie Throness comparing programs that offer free prescription contraception to eugenics.

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AccessBC, Oct. 15, 2020

AccessBC Applauds BC Green Party Promise to Provide Free Contraception to People Under 25 Years of Age

On October 14th, 2020, Sonia Furstenau announced that increased access to prescription contraception coverage would be included in the BC Green Party’s 2020 election platform. The platform promises free prescription contraceptive products for people under 25.  

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AccessBC, Oct. 6, 2020

AccessBC Applauds BC NDP Inclusion of Free Prescription Contraception Coverage In Election Platform

On October 6th, 2020, John Horgan announced that free prescription contraception coverage would be included in the BC NDP’s 2020 election platform.

 

“We’re very pleased to see the BC NDP include free prescription contraception coverage in their platform,” said Devon Black, co-founder of AccessBC. “As a non-partisan campaign, we hope that other parties will include similar commitments in their own platforms, since we know from conversations with voters that they’ll be thinking about this issue when they fill out their ballots.”

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AccessBC, Sept. 25, 2020

Union of British Columbia Municipalities Supports Free Prescription Contraception

On September 23rd, 2020, municipalities from across BC voted in support of free prescription contraception across the province. An overwhelming majority of delegates at the annual Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) Convention voted to support two resolutions, submitted by the cities of Victoria and Burnaby, calling on the provincial government to make all prescription contraception in BC available at no cost under the Medical Services Plan.