Is birth control a basic human right?

The Canadian Paediatric Society says access to birth control should be a basic right.

It's recommending that everyone under 25 should get confidential access to free birth control, which would be funded through the government and that private insurance companies should cover the full cost of birth control.

It also says insurers should be required to protect confidentiality by not reporting contraceptive purchases to the primary policy holder -- usually a parent.

The society's paper says unintended pregnancies may derail life plans, especially for young people, and ensuring women can make choices around having children gives them greater control over their bodies and future.

It also says because pharmaceutical companies report purchases to the primary policy holder, youths often pay for birth control themselves to preserve confidentiality.