NRRM pens letter in support of no-cost prescription contraception to B.C.’s health minister

FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality has penned a letter to B.C.’s Health Minister s…

FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality has penned a letter to B.C.’s Health Minister supporting no-cost prescription contraceptives.

The March 10th letter thanks the AccessBC Campaign for raising awareness and pushing to make no-cost prescription contraception universally available in the province under the medical services plan.

The municipality says it wants to join the growing number of voices advocating for improved access to prescription contraception, based on research that shows that young, low-income women are less likely to use more effective methods of contraception due to money problems.

They also add that providing no-cost prescription contraception will likely reduce direct medical costs by reducing the number of unintended pregnancies.

Lack of maternity services has also always been an issue in Fort Nelson.

The community has no maternity ward at their hospital, and for at least a decade, doctors have been telling mothers to have their babies elsewhere, some even having signed an agreement saying so.

Mothers have travelled at least 400km to Fort St. John, which is a four-hour drive in good conditions. This is on top of hotel stays and other costs as they are advised to arrive a month before their due date.

For more information on no-cost prescription contraception, click here.

Read the full letter below:

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