Press Releases and Statements

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. 

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.

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.  

AccessBC, Oct. 14, 2020

Vernon Council Calls for Free Prescription Contraception

On October 13th, 2020, Vernon Council passed a motion calling on the Provincial Government to cover all prescription contraception at no cost under the BC Medical Services Plan.

AccessBC, Oct. 14, 2020

Alert Bay Council Adds Voice to Call for Free Prescription Contraception

On October 1, 2020, Alert Bay Village Council passed a motion calling on the Provincial Government to cover all prescription contraception at no cost under the BC Medical Services Plan, making it the 9th BC Municipality to directly support this policy.

AccessBC, Oct. 14, 2020

Fernie Council Adds Voice to Call for Free Prescription Contraception

On September 28th, Fernie City Council passed a motion calling on the Provincial Government to cover all prescription contraception at no cost under the BC Medical Services Plan. Fernie is the 8th BC Municipality to add its voice to the call for universal no-cost prescription contraception.

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.”

AccessBC, Sept. 26, 2020

ARCC and AccessBC Joint Statement for World Contraception Day

Access to contraception is a human right. Universal coverage for contraception empowers people, improves health outcomes, and leads to significant cost savings. For World Contraception Day, September 26th, 2020, the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada and the AccessBC Campaign are pleased to release the following joint statement in support of universal no-cost prescription contraception across Canada.

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. 

AccessBC, Sept. 17, 2020

Cranbrook Council Supports Free Prescription Contraception

On September 14th, 2020, Cranbrook Council unanimously passed a motion calling on the Provincial Government to cover all prescription contraception at no cost under the BC Medical Services Plan, and urging other municipalities to do the same. 

AccessBC, Sept. 14, 2020

New Westminster Supports No-Cost Prescription Contraception

On September 14th, 2020, New Westminster City Council unanimously passed a motion calling on the Provincial Government to cover all prescription contraception at no cost under the BC Medical Services Plan, and urging other municipalities to do the same. 

AccessBC, Sept. 3, 2020

AccessBC gains municipal endorsement from District of Squamish Council in campaign to fund universal access to no-cost prescription contraception in B.C.

On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, AccessBC members appeared before District of Squamish Council seeking municipal support for a motion calling on the Provincial Government to cover all prescription contraception at no cost under the BC Medical Services Plan. Squamish Council passed the motion unanimously.

AccessBC, August 30, 2020

Kimberley City Council Supports No-Cost Prescription Contraception

On Monday, August 17, 2020, Kimberley City Council unanimously passed a motion calling on the Provincial Government to cover all prescription contraception available at no cost under the BC Medical Services Plan.

AccessBC, August 25, 2020

Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services Recommends Free Prescription Contraception for Second Year Running

On Friday, August 21, the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services released its Report on the Budget 2021 Consultation, and members of the AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception are applauding its recommendation on contraception. Recommendation 79 reads as follows: “Provide free prescription contraception for all people in British Columbia”

AccessBC, August 7, 2020

Written Submission for the Pre-Budget Consultations in Advance of the Upcoming Federal Budget - AccessBC

Our submission as part of the federal pre-budget consultation. This is the full letter we submitted to the federal government which urges the federal government to support a national program of universal no-cost prescription contraception. 

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We are a group of young people from around British Columbia calling for free prescription contraception.

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