24 Employers Commit To Birth Control Coverage As Planned Parenthood Fights Trump Admin
Twenty-four employers, including household-name companies like Uber and Levi’s, have publicly committed to ensuring their workers have access to birth control coverage in the face of an ongoing attack on women’s healthcare rights by the Trump Administration.
This pledge is part of a concerted push Planned Parenthood calls its “biggest birth control campaign ever.”
Women-led startups Rent the Runway, Bumble, Birchbox and Style Seat are among the earliest to join the healthcare nonprofit’s #BusinessForBC campaign, although Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens expects more companies to add their names in coming days and weeks.
“Birth control benefits were hardwon to begin with,” she told Forbes. “We started talking with our friends in business and in tech, who thought it was just outrageous [that the Trump Administration seeks to gut reproductive benefits]. Most businesses, we believe, stand with their women employees. With all employees. Last I checked, everyone was benefiting from birth control.
Founders and CEOs promising to provide comprehensive reproductive and birth control coverage include Rent the Runway’s Jenn Hyman, a longtime women’s rights advocate who leads the growing fashion tech business.
“If we hope to live in a society that is truly equal, where at least 50% of leaders and 50% of the workplace are women, women must be given the opportunity to plan the timing of their families,” she said. “Access to birth control is critical to her ability to do this.”
Warby Parker’s Neil Blumenthal said the eyewear company’s 1,300-plus employees will continue to have access to no-copay birth control whatever the Trump Administration tries to do.
“This is about women’s rights, plain and simple,” he said.
Planned Parenthood’s Laguens cited access to birth control as a crucial measure if women are ever to achieve anything close to equality in the workforce.
“The introduction of the pill is one of the most transformative moments in business innovation in the last 100 years,” she said. “If you want women to get an education, and participate in the economy, and be healthy, you’re going to back women’s reproductive health. And if you don’t, you’re outside the norm.” FW
Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards onstage at Forbes’ Women’s Summit in 2017.