Special Thanks to Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Malinda, and Karin, the UltraViolet team!
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The Boycott is having an affect.
“Soy milk. Organic beans. Gluten-free pasta. A radical agenda to ban birth control coverage for their employees.
Eden Foods is one of the country’s major organic foods companies, and their products can be purchased at Whole Foods, local markets, and coops across the country. They claim they stand for “purity in food,” and now, they also stand for a right-wing crusade against birth control. The company is suing the Obama Administration over the rule that insurance companies must cover birth control under the new healthcare law. Why? Because as CEO Michael Potter put it, they believe that “these procedures [birth control] almost always involve immoral and unnatural practices.”1
That’s right. Because Eden Foods’s CEO is ideologically opposed to birth control, the company thinks they have the right to dictate to all their employees what health care they will have access to. That doesn’t just affect their employees. It’s a dangerous precedent that they are asking the court to set for all workers going forward. But progressive-minded people make up a huge portion of Eden’s customers–people who are likely to think that a boss shouldn’t be dictating their employeesâ€™ private health care decisions. And the CEO has already said “we’re getting a lot of feedback” and that the push back against them on social media “is a big deal.”2
Employers have no right to interfere with the reproductive health care of their female employees. If we all speak out now to add to the outrage, we can show Eden Foods and other businesses that are watching the controversy that their lawsuit is bad for publicity and bad for their bottom line.
Making sure employeesâ€™ health insurance covers birth control matters:
- 1 in 3 women has had trouble affording birth control.3
- Women who had better access to the pill earned 8% more than those who didnâ€™t by the time they were 50.4
- Young women who can obtain the pill are 12% more likely to enroll in college.5
- 99% of women whoâ€™ve had sex have used birth control.6
Michael Potter and Eden Foods are spreading lies, like claiming that certain companies are already exempted from the birth control mandate and that some religions are exempted and others arenâ€™t.7 Neither of these is true. The truth is, only houses of worship are exempt, and religiously affiliated organizations like hospitals and schools can push the cost of birth control coverage onto the insurer.8
And Potter’s reason for suing? â€œBecause Iâ€™m a man, number one and itâ€™s really none of my business what women do.â€9 But by entering this lawsuit, Potter is making it not just his business but every other employerÂ in America’s business what kind of health care their female employees get.
Employers canâ€™t flout laws just because they donâ€™t like them. Allowing employers to dictate whether or not their employees have access to birth control is wrong and un-American.
We need to let Eden Foods and their CEO, Michael Potter, know that trying to deny their employees basic health care like birth control is bad for business. Sign the petition to Potter right away.”
Thanks for speaking out,
Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Malinda, and Karin, the UltraViolet team
1. Eden Foods doubles down in birth control flap, Salon, April 15, 2013
3. Survey: Nearly Three in Four Voters in America Support Fully Covering Prescription Birth Control, Planned Parenthood, October 12, 2010
4. Women Who Took the Pill Had an 8 Percent Higher Income by Age 50, Yahoo! News, March 6, 2012
5. The Social and Economic Benefits of Women’s Ability to Determine Whether and When to Have Children, Guttmacher Institute, March 2013
6. Women Who Use Birth Control Are the 99 Percent, Mother Jones, February 10, 2012
7.Statement from the President of Eden Foods, Eden Foods, April 17, 2013
8. Contraception Mandate Clarified To Accommodate Religious Groups, Obama Administration Announces, Huffington Post, February 25, 2013
9. Eden Foods doubles down in birth control flap, Salon, April 15, 2013