Eden Foods, makers of gluten free pasta, soy milk and BPA lining-free canned organic beans under the slogan of “purity in food” is joining the right wing lawsuit against mandatory birth control coverage for their employees. According to CEO Michael Potter, “these procedures [birth control] almost always involve immoral and unnatural practices.” So, because the CEO, one man, has personal moral objections to birth control, he’s going to decide on behalf of the entire company what health care their employees will have access to, what reproductive health care their female employees have access to.
We think this is bunk, LivLunatics, especially as we love Eden Foods! We’re sad that their employees are being punished due to one man’s personal beliefs. Thankfully, many other people feel the same way. There are a few petitions going around asking Potter to drop the lawsuit, which not only affects the employees of Eden Foods, but could potentially affect the workforce as a whole, as Eden is not the only company going forward with this type of lawsuit. It’s ridiculous that a company that appeals to liberal, open minded people could come up with such a harmful, anti-woman lawsuit.
To make matters worse, Potter and Eden Foods are spreading lies about the birth control mandate, claiming that certain companies are already exempted and that some religions are exempted and others aren’t. 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.
This is why people like Potter need to be stopped. It’s very disheartening that there is so much misinformation not only about this measure, but about birth control itself. Women aren’t using birth control as an excuse to go out and sleep with every man in sight; most are using it as a measure to be responsible, to help prevent unwanted children. Some are using it to help treat medical conditions, like PCOS or unbearable menstrual cramps. Whatever the reason, it’s none of Potter’s business. We cannot let him help shape the way employers treat their employees.
So, LivLunatics, we’re asking you to continue this discussion. What’s your take–is Potter in the right, or should he just go with the mandate?