Supreme Court Decision on Mifepristone Will Help Ensure that Women Entrepreneurs Continue to Thrive

For Immediate Release: 
Thursday, June 13, 2024

Statement from Rachel Shanklin, National Women’s Entrepreneurship Director for Small Business Majority, on the significance of abortion access for small businesses

“Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs are relieved that the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s decades-old approval of mifepristone, a drug that is used for abortion services. This is an issue of great concern to women small business owners because of the connection between access to abortion care and the ability to start a small business. In fact, Small Business Majority’s research found that 64% of women small business owners said their ability to decide if and when to have children has allowed them to advance in their careers and start their own businesses.

Despite today’s decision, the debate over abortion access is far from settled in the United States. The result is that women entrepreneurs remain concerned that abortion restrictions will one day force them to choose between their reproductive health and their careers. Given the clear relationship between a woman’s ability to choose if and when to have children and her ability to start and grow a business, policymakers must understand that access to abortion is important to our nation’s small businesses, and therefore the growth of our economy as a whole.”


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