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Support for Providing Birth Control Coverage Among Small Business Owners

Support for Providing Birth Control Coverage Among Small Business Owners

support for corporate religious freedom only serves to perpetuate a false, unrepresentative view of small business owners’ beliefs—and does so at the expense of working women.

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idea_bulbRhetoric both before and after the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby ruling has sought to obfuscate women’s fundamental right to contraception by maintaining a narrow focus on corporate personhood and religious freedom. Consequently, the personal and financial benefits women gained from the Affordable Care Act, or ACA—including relief from cost sharing for contraceptives and other preventive care—have been largely ignored.

A new poll commissioned by the Center for American Progress and the Small Business Majority and completed by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research found that the majority of small business owners interviewed—62 percent—believe that employers should be required to offer insurance that covers birth control even if it conflicts with owners’ religious beliefs. More importantly, these findings are consistent across gender, race, political affiliation, religious identification, and even geography.

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