Jack Dorsey, Over 180 Other CEOs Sign Letter Calling Abortion Bans ‘Bad For Business’

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 5: Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testifies during a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Twitter's transparency and accountability, on Capitol Hill, September ... WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 5: Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testifies during a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Twitter's transparency and accountability, on Capitol Hill, September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, Dorsey faced questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee about how foreign operatives use their platforms in attempts to influence and manipulate public opinion. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and more than 180 other business executives took out a full-page ad in the New York Times on Monday urging companies to stand up for abortion rights.

“Equality in the workplace is one of the most important business issues of our time,” the letter reads. “When everyone is empowered to succeed, our companies, our communities, and our economy are better for it.”

“Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers,” the letter continued. “Simply put, it goes against our values, and is bad for business.”

According to Don’t Ban Equality, the coalition responsible for the ad, it’s a response to “an alarming trend of bans passing in states across the country that restrict access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion.”

Over the past several months, Ohio, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Kentucky, and Mississippi have all passed “fetal heartbeat” laws that effectively ban abortion after six to eight weeks of conception. Alabama passed an all-out ban on abortion unless the mother’s health is at risk, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

The onslaught of anti-abortion laws has led to backlash from major film companies like Disney and Netflix, which have threatened to stop production in Georgia if its abortion law prevails (Prime access).

Read the full letter below:

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  1. Avatar for pshah pshah says:

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and more than 180 other business executives took out a full-page ad in the New York Times on Monday urging companies to stand up for abortion rights.

    Hey, I have an idea, oh, Lords of the Universe. If you really care, how about not setting up PACs and Super-PACs that support Republican candidates? Oh, that’s right, because what you really care about are your precious tax cuts.

    I guess I’ll believe it when you support the Democratic candidate for President and Democrats in the Senate races.

  2. I guess these CEOs must be talking to the GOPers because not only should it be bad for business, upward mobility and healthcare equality for their female workers, but if they were really being honest with the public, these laws are also undeniably reprehensible as a moral issue and developed from ignorant unscientific sources as well. So its not just against their values in the business community to make money and sustain a workforce. Its also bad public policy because its based on bogus notions of when life begins…but apparently that’s a bridge too far.

    Electrical activity in a blastocyst smaller than the head of a pin isn’t a fucking heartbeat.

    Support to defeat the people that come up with these heinous bills and who end up passing them would be a better use of their money if you ask me.

  3. I wonder if all these CEOs understand that it’s not just abortion bans that are/should be bad for business, but in Alabama and other states rapists that also cause a pregnancy can have parental custody of the resulting child. Which means the victim is legally tied to her rapists by law.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/in-alabama--where-lawmakers-banned-abortion-for-rape-victims--rapists-parental-rights-are-protected/2019/06/09/6d2aa5de-831b-11e9-933d-7501070ee669_story.html?commentId=36bf8cff-c3c9-472d-b38d-251b4a7c38e4&utm_term=.b9f9613c3c2d

  4. There are no words to describe what I feel after reading that.

  5. They don’t really care. They do care about boycotts of their products when they do business with anti-abortion states. (It also explains why we get a little push-back from some GOPers vs. some of the more abhorrent of these laws - follow the money…)

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