Restricting abortion is ‘bad for business’, says 180 business leaders


A letter endorsed by business leaders appeared in the form of a full-page ad in The New York Times on Monday, declaring “it’s time for businesses to stand up for reproductive health care.”

They argue that limiting access to comprehensive care, “including abortion”, threatens “the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and clients.” The letter says tough abortion laws are “against our values” and hamper companies’ efforts to build a diverse workforce.

That changed for some companies this year after Alabama lawmakers approved a almost total ban on abortion, and like “heartbeat“Laws, which prohibit abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected or as early as six weeks pregnant, have gained traction in several states. They include Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Louisiana.
Three of the world’s largest entertainment companies – Netflix (NFLX), Disney (SAY) and WarnerMedia – said last month that they could stop producing movies and TV shows in Georgia if the state’s “heartbeat” law comes into effect. (WarnerMedia, a unit of AT&T, is the parent company of CNN.)

The leaders behind the letter were brought together by a coalition that includes the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the NARAL Pro-Choice America advocacy group.

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL, said in a statement that the organization applauds leaders for “taking a stand on behalf of their employees, customers and communities.”

“We encourage the entire business community to join us in protecting access to reproductive health care in the critical months and years to come,” she added.

The coalition calls the campaign “Don’t Ban Equality” and has launched a campaign website Monday which invites other executives to sign.

Vikrum Aiyer, vice president of public policy at Postmates, said in an interview with CNN Business that his company decided to speak out “primarily because of values” and because restricting women’s access to abortion hinders their ability to “make economic choices”.

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“The lack of easy access to care and treatment, and having to leave state borders to seek this treatment, means not only that their well-being is at risk, but that their economic and financial situation is in jeopardy. in danger, ”Aiyer said.

“We already have pretty anemic parental leave laws in this country to begin with, and a wage gap on top of that,” he said, calling the restrictions on abortion “another violation of the law. ‘gender equity’.

Aiyer said Postmates is bracing for the pullback of consumers who disagree with the company’s position – but, he added, “it is more important to us that women are defended.”

“It is not a Democratic value or a Republican value; it is the value of personal sovereignty,” Aiyer added. “Democracy is messy, but our stand is more about sparking a conversation than imposing a position on our employees or customers.”

Here is the full list of companies and individuals who signed the letter:

Bloomberg LP
Peter T. Grauer

MAC Cosmetics
Philippe Pinatel

DVF
Diane von furstenberg

H&M
Ezinne Kwubiri

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Mark and Karen Wolverton

Bark
Jeremy Stoppelman

Square, Inc
Jack Dorsey

Portland General Electric
Marie pope

Zoom Video Communications, Inc.
Eric S. Yuan

Zendesk
Mikkel svane

The standard
Amar Lalvani

Warby parker
Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa

Okta
Todd McKinnon

Slack technology
Stewart butterfield

Postmates
Bastian Lehmann

Eileen Fisher
Eileen Fisher

Professional skin care Dermalogica
Aurelien Lis

The Body Shop FR
Andrea Blieden

Quintessentially
Annastasia Seebohm

Homemade Ben & Jerry’s
Matthew McCarthy

Teas
Bertrand Quesada

IDEO
Tim brown

BlueJeans Network
Quentin Gallivan

Atlantic Records & Warner Music Group
Julie greenwald

Effort
Patrick Whitesell and Ariel Emmanuel

Merged bank
Keith Metrich

Mr. M. LaFleur
Sarah LaFleur

rag and bone
Marcus Wainwright

A way
Steph Korey & Jen Rubio

Recipient State Bank
Kat taylor

Birch
Katie Beauchamp

More shiny
Emilie weiss

The wing
Audrey Gelman & Lauren Kassan

Kenneth Cole Productions
Kenneth cole

Everlan
Michael preysman

Seventh generation
Joey bergstein

Rebecca Minkoff
Rebecca Minkoff

Gabriela Hearst
Gabriela Hearst

Unity Technologies
Jean Riccitiello

&Pizza
Michel Lastoria

Refinery29
Philippe de Borries

POPSUCRE
Lisa Sugar, Brian Sugar

Hello Alfred
Marcela Sapone

Tinder
Elie Seidman

The cup
Stella bugbee

CREDO Mobile
Ray morris

Outside voice
Ty haney

ChowNow
Christophe Webb

Tip, inc.
Kara goldin

R2C group
Michelle cardinal

Cat bird
Rony Elka Vardi

The muse
Kathryn Minshew & Alex Cavoulacos

BaubleBar
Amy Jain & Daniella Yacobovsky

him and his
André Dudum

Blavity
Morgan DeBaun

Five to Seven and PROBABLE
Jane tarin

The riveter
Amy nelson

THINX
Maria molland

Trillium Asset Management
Matthew Patsky

WILD FANG
Emma Mcilroy

Richer poorer
Iva Pawling

Mara Hoffmann
Mara Hoffmann

YEAH
Jen Atkin

TomboyX
Fran Dunaway

Heartbeat
Kate edwards

To support
Meika Hollender

Lady products
Alexandra Fine

ONE DAY
Nina Faulhaber & Meg He

The designer revival
Tiffany Keriakos

Cora
Molly hayward

Visit.Org Inc.
Michal alter

Fur
Laura Schubert

LaRue PR LLC
Jessy klein fofana

Lesbians Who Tech
Leanne pittsford

Nia Impact Capital
Kristin hull

We dream in color
Jade Gideon

The Cru
Tiffany Dufu

Harrington Investments, Inc.
John harrington

Dazey LA
Dani Nagel

Gotham gal
Joanne wilson

Union Station
Corie Hardee

New York media
Pam wasserstein

The tote
Rakesh Tondon

Suction
Andrei Tcherny

Sun Sachs
Shawn sachs

BerlinRosen
Jonathan Rosen & Valérie Berlin

Fast
Liz Valentin

Verified strategy
Tammy gordon

Bolt threads
Dan Widmaier

Lex machina
Josh becker

Food52
Amanda Hesser

Public relations consultancy
Pierre Rougier

Over time
Dan Porter

Godfrey Dadich Partners
Patrick Godfrey & Scott Dadich

Naadam
Matthew Scanlan

Claire V.
Claire Vivier

Parachute
Ariel kaye

House party
Sima sistani

Discussions 4 Thinking
Eric Fleet

The Lede Company
Meredith O’Sullivan, Sarah Rothman, Amanda Silverman, Christine Su

Hatch
Ariane Goldman

Clark
Meghan o’connor

NOAH
Brendon Babenzien

Becca PR
Becca Parish

Homeboy electronics recycling
Kabira stokes

Full circle marks
Tal Chitayat

DRG search
Dara Z. Klarfeld

CleaverCo
Mary R. Cleaver

Lingua franca
Rachelle hruska

Shoppable.com
Heather marie udo

The loop
Elisabeth faraut

Bhakti, Inc.
Sarah W. Bird

Inspiring capital
Nell Derick Debevoise

HigherRing White Glove Customer Service
Michelle hirons

Global Gaming Initiative + JukkoElisabeth sarquis

Tia
Carolyn Witte

Lora DiCarlo
Lora haddock

Bantam Tools
Bre Pettis

Timehop
Matthieu raoul

Soma massage therapy
Amber Lighter

MilkRun, Inc.
Julia niiro

Crate of milk
Morgan berman

The Jane Club
Dorian Howard + Zoe Regan

Wait what
June Cohen and Deron Triff

STATE Bags
Jessica davidoff

Image movement
Christie marchese

Plum Alley Investments
Deborah Jackson

Communications Gray Horse
Kate gardiner

Dipsea
Gina Gutierrez

Buckle & Tie
Sara rodell

PlaceBook
Kelsey Recht

PRIMA
Christophe gavigan

Hugo
Alberto Escarlate

Change agents
Wood of Tracey

Paladin
Felicity Conrad

atlasGO
Thomas querton

Livary clothing
Alysia Reiner

RP Yulu
Melissa Orozco

Indigo
Ena Zheng

iFundWomen
Karen cahn

The Helm
Lindsey Taylor Wood

WANDER
Christophe Jerard

Clear healthcare costs
Jeanne Pinder

Recently
Kate Bradley Chernis

LimeRed
Emily lonigro

MakeLoveNotPorn
Cindy Galop

Rebel public relations and advice
Evie smith

Beautiful now
Shira White

VOZ
Jasmin Etoile Aarons

Sustainable pacific
Jennifer chirico

Ball
Amanda greenberg

SVILU
Marina Polo and Britt Cosgrove

Sophie Théallet
Steve Francoeur

Food to eat
Deepti Sharma

McPherson Strategies
Susan mcpherson

Vista Global Coaching and Consulting
Marie Stelletello

WhyWhisper Collective
Alexandra Ostrow

Iconery
Ivka adam

aunt flow
Claire Codeur

LOROD
Lauren Rodriguez

Andrena

Neil Chatterjee

RAD
Carineh Martin

Change catalyst
Melinda Briana Epler

Breaststroke
Pavie Rosati

Heather Taylor at home
heather taylor

Adam selman sport
Adam selman

Super hero
Micki krimmel

Repairogen Corporation
Frank Borchetta

Turn the media
Margit Detweiler

Lorales
Melanie Cristol

Mangrove Web Development
Maiya Holidays

Green Retreat, Inc.
Rose Penelope L. Yee

Seed systems
Sara schley

Founders Fund
Anu duggal

Ends + Rods
Alison mountford

Swimwear
Mel Brittner Wells

RockPaperRobot
jessica banks

Colibri digital marketing
Anna colibri

NEEV
Ruksana Azhu Valappil

Narrative food
Jennifer Champ Piette

RoundPeg Benefit LLC
Polina Pinchevski

Certifiable
Anne Room

Event management arrow
Emily R. Olson

Consulting on changing models
Kimberley Jutze

Nathalie Molina Niño, LLC
Nathalie Molina Niño

Unbound
Polly Rodriguez and Sarah Jayne Kinney

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