This pledge comes at a critical time. As the country grapples with the dual public health crises of systemic racism and the COVID-19 pandemic, birth control and reproductive health care are under attack across the
Attempts to restrict birth control access like these target communities of color
"As our nation faces the dual public health crises of COVID-19 and racism, people across the country are still facing relentless attacks on their health care. Whether it's from the Supreme Court, the administration, or through international policy, access to birth control -- critical, time-sensitive and essential medication that 90% of women will use in their lifetime -- is under constant threat. Right now especially, we need more access to health care, not less. It has never been more essential for businesses to step up where politicians have failed.
"Guaranteeing birth control through company health insurance isn't just the right thing to do -- it makes sound business sense. Business leaders today are making a powerful statement to their employees: You should make your own health decisions, and we are willing to invest in your health and your future."
Companies taking this important pledge today include:
These companies agree that birth control is essential health care -- nearly nine in 10 women will use birth control in their lifetimes. Access to birth control is responsible for one-third of women's wage gains relative to men's since the 1960s, and the ability to get the pill before age 21 has been found to be the most influential factor enabling women already in college to stay there. In fact, 86% of women executives believe that being able to plan and time parenthood is critical to professional development and families' financial security.
Ensuring birth control access is an essential step towards equity in the workforce, especially as the country faces a reckoning regarding the mistreatment of Black people for centuries. Affordable birth control is crucial to Black women's economic success -- more than two thirds of Black women believe the ability to plan if and when to have children is important to their ability to pursue their career goals.
For many in the
If you are a business that wants to make the commitment to your employees that you will continue to provide coverage for birth control, please contact us.