Press Releases and Statements

Fort St. John Endorses Free Prescription Contraception

AccessBC, May 10, 2021

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.

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.”

AccessBC Campaign Statement: International Women’s Day 2021

AccessBC, March 8, 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.

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.

Sparwood Council Adds Support For Free Prescription Contraception

AccessBC, Oct. 23, 2020

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. 

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

AccessBC, Oct. 16, 2020

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 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.  

Vernon Council Calls for Free Prescription Contraception

AccessBC, Oct. 14, 2020

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.

Alert Bay Council Adds Voice to Call for Free Prescription Contraception

AccessBC, Oct. 14, 2020

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.

Fernie Council Adds Voice to Call for Free Prescription Contraception

AccessBC, Oct. 14, 2020

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 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.”

ARCC and AccessBC Joint Statement for World Contraception Day

AccessBC, Sept. 26, 2020

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.

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.