NDP promise to ‘fully cover’ birth control under OHIP if elected in June

The Ontario NDP say if they are elected in June, their party will make prescription contraception free under OHIP.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath made the announcement Thursday morning.

“For decades, people have paid a price for family planning,” Horwath said. “Just imagine what it’s like for people trying to cover the sky-high cost of living, sky-high rents, and having to shell out $30 a month, every month for years on end, for birth control.”

She said her party will remove any cost barriers that “limit people’s ability to make free choices about their reproductive health.”

Read more: Health advocates call for publicly funded birth control in Nova Scotia

Horwath also said the promise can be done “within weeks” of the June 2 provincial election.

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The plan will include the birth control pill, IUDs, implants, shots, patches, rings and emergency birth control such as Plan B.

Currently, free birth control is only available to those under the age of 25 who do not already have insurance coverage, private or through their parents.

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