Birth control should be free for Canadians, NDP MP says
Prescription birth control should be free in Canada, according to New Democrat MP Irene Mathyssen, who is lobbying the Liberals to adopt her new motion and make it law.
Contraceptives are a part of comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services and should be free, argues Motion M-65. Not only could free contraceptives prevent unwanted pregnancies, it would also save money.
“The government should…recognize individuals’ right to access a comprehensive package of sexual and reproductive health services, including a range of modern methods of contraception, free from barriers.”
The cost of birth control can be prohibitive for many Canadians, while in more than 25 countries birth control is subsidized or free, Mathyssen argues.
Free birth control is key for Canadians being able to make “informed decisions regarding their reproductive choices.”
The motion also pushes for a commitment to improved tracking of sexual health indicators, including contraceptive use, “to inform sound policy decisions relating to sexual and reproductive health.”