Business leaders make public pledge to stand up for employees’ birth control coverage, as part of Planned Parenthood’s Business For Birth Control campaign.The pledges started coming in after the Trump Administration issued a new rule, eliminating the guarantee that birth control would be covered in every insurance plan-instead leaving whether or not employees could access birth control completely up to employers’ discretion.
As a result, the health care coverage for birth control that 62 million women had access to is directly at risk.
The Business For Birth Control campaign was first introduced by Cecile Richards at the 2017 Business for Social Responsibility Conference, where she called on business leaders to step up and protect women’s health care amidst attacks from the administration. Currently 22 national businesses have publicly committed to the campaign.
“Today, more women graduate, lead, and innovate than at any other point in our history, and that’s true in large part for one very important reason: access to birth control. I want to applaud the companies that recognize that access to birth control is vital for the progress women have made, and that pledge to protect that coverage,” said Cecile Richards, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
“But now our basic health care — and all that progress — is threatened by an administration bent on taking us backwards. Business leaders can take a stand by publicly committing to protect birth control and reproductive health care coverage, making sure women have equal opportunities to succeed, and making the fight for gender equity their fight. Business leaders must stand up for their employees’ health care not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because women are the key to the economic future of this country and of the world.”
The list of leaders in the corporate sector who have so far publicly committed to ensuring access to contraception for their employees includes: Jennifer Hyman of Rent the Runway; Anthony Casalena of Squarespace; Melody McCloskey of StyleSeat; General Assembly; CREDO Mobile, fashion designers and brands Rachel Comey and Mara Hoffman; Katia Beauchamp of Birchbox; Neil Blumenthal of Warby Parker; Jordan Levin of AwesomenessTV; Lucian Grainge of Universal Music Group; Warner Music Group, New Relic; Uber; and Levi’s.
“Providing access to contraception is critical to supporting our employees, necessary for women’s full participation in the workforce, and essential to any successful company and strong economy,” said Jacqui Brady, vice president of people at General Assembly.
“Access to birth control coverage is a fundamental right, and it’s disappointing that this notion can still be considered controversial today. Women make up half of the population and workforce, and should be treated equally,” said Anthony Casalena, Founder and CEO of Squarespace. “I am proud that Squarespace provides full birth control coverage for our employees, and hope that Planned Parenthood’s campaign will inspire other business leaders to speak up for what is right.”