The ability to choose when and how to start a family is a fundamental pillar of gender equity — and critical to women’s success in the workplace.
The Supreme Court’s July 8th decision in Trump v. Pennsylvania widens the ability for employers to deny birth control coverage to their employees. This is unacceptable and will most affect women in low income or rural communities and communities of color. Women deserve full agency over their health care. This should not be a decision left to employers.
If you feel safe in your workplace, use that privilege to ask your employer their stance on the SCOTUS decision and demand what is right for your place of work. These kinds of conversations can be tough, so The Riveter has teamed up with NARAL Pro-Choice to bring you the below template.
Dear [CEO name],
As you may have seen, the Supreme Court recently issued its decision on the Trump v. Pennsylvania birth control case. The ruling upholds the Trump administration’s rules that allow virtually any employer or university to exempt itself from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that insurance plans cover contraception without co-pays.
Our company values equality and strives to protect the well-being of its employees, customers and communities. The majority of Americans agree that restricting access to reproductive health care threatens people’s economic security, ability to access opportunities, and overall health. This is why more than 300 company leaders last year signed the Don’t Ban Equality pledge, in response to potential bans on abortion sweeping the country.
[I/we] am writing to urge the leadership team at [X company] to take action to protect access to reproductive health care. Our future depends on it. Please consider the action steps below:
- Share the update on the Supreme Court decision with employees and other internal stakeholders, and discuss why and how our company will preserve and look to expand access to reproductive health care for workers.
- Review the health care coverage offered by our company to ensure employees and workers in all states are able to access quality, comprehensive, affordable reproductive health care.
- Track and engage in ongoing relevant public policy discussions at the local, state and national level.
- Increase the scrutiny of our political contributions to elected officials who advance public policy at the state and federal level that undermine access to reproductive health care.
- Consider making a corporate donation to NARAL or another relevant organization, and doing it publicly and/or offering a special one-time match to employees who want to give to organizations working to protect and preserve access to reproductive health care.
- Sign up to receive updates to learn about the intersection of business and reproductive health care, and stay in the loop about opportunities to take action.
- For any questions or for more information, you can contact: email@example.com
There will be more cases and critical decisions ahead, and I know that our company’s voice and actions can make a tremendous difference in protecting access to comprehensive reproductive health care.