Press Releases and Statements

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Standing up for Reproductive Rights and Justice in BC and Canada!

AccessBC, May 12, 2022

Reproductive Rights & Justice Rally, May 14 2022 at 1pm a  šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly known as Queen Elizabeth Plaza) south side on Georgia Street

A network of social justice and reproductive rights groups has come together to say never again and not here in relation to changes afoot to abortion access in the United States.  “There is an entire generation of women, girls, trans men, nonbinary and Two-Spirit folks that have never known a time when access to abortion was not legal”, says a spokesperson for the group. “This is why we are inviting folks in Vancouver and beyond to join us this Saturday at 1pm to rally for reproductive justice and rights.”

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AccessBC Campaign Response to Leaked Draft SCOTUS Opinion Overturning Roe V. Wade

AccessBC, May 3, 2022

“The news that the US Supreme Court could overturn Roe v Wade is deeply troubling. We need to channel our feelings of outrage, frustration and horror into action and fight back against the forces of misogyny that would strip a person of their most basic right to bodily autonomy,” said Teale Phelps Bondaroff, Chair and Co-Founder of the AccessBC Campaign. “Now, more than ever, it is critical that we stand in solidarity and support US activists fighting for reproductive justice and that we take action here at home. This is yet another reason why British Columbia needs to step up and show people that we are tearing down barriers to reproductive health services.”

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Saanich Joins Call for Free Prescription Contraception

AccessBC, April 25, 2022

On Monday, April 25th, Saanich Council unanimously voted to send a letter of support to the provincial government, calling on it to make all prescription contraception free. Saanich is the 31st municipality/district to individually endorse universal, no-cost coverage of prescription contraception in the province.

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AccessBC Campaign Disappointed to see Yet Another Provincial Budget Without Free Prescription Contraception

AccessBC, February 22, 2022

The AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception expresses its disappointment that the 2022 BC provincial budget was released today without a clear commitment to fund free contraception for all.

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AccessBC Campaign Statement for Black History Month 2022

AccessBC, February 7, 2022

During Black History Month, the AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception is reflecting on the contributions of Black folks to reproductive health care and the unique challenges experienced by racialized folks when seeking reproductive healthcare.  

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AccessBC Campaign Statement for International Human Rights Day -

December 10, 2021

AccessBC, December 6, 2021

December 10th is International Human Rights Day. This year’s theme is ‘recover better,’ and focuses on ensuring that human rights are central to pandemic recovery efforts. On this day, the AccessBC Campaign for free prescription contraception is calling on the BC government to stand up for human rights, and follow through on its promise to make all prescription contraception in the province free. During their 2020 provincial election platform, the BC NDP promised to make all prescription contraception free, yet despite this promise, the policy has yet to be implemented. 

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Frontline Healthcare Workers Call for Universal Free Contraception

AccessBC, September 15, 2021

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 Campaign - 2022 Budget Consultation Written Submission

AccessBC, September 3, 2021

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 Statement on the 2021 BC Provincial Budget Release

AccessBC, April 20, 2021

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

AccessBC, Feb. 9, 2021

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

AccessBC, Oct. 15, 2020

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

AccessBC, Oct. 6, 2020

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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Union of British Columbia Municipalities Supports Free Prescription Contraception

AccessBC, Sept. 25, 2020

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.