Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and leaders from over 180 companies have signed a letter stating that laws restricting abortion are “bad for business.” Meanwhile, over three dozen state prosecutors are vowing to not enforce laws that restrict access to abortion.
Dorsey was among the many names of company heads that appeared on a letter published in Monday’s edition of The New York Times that proclaimed that “It’s time for companies to stand up for reproductive healthcare.”
Although he is known more widely as Twitter’s CEO, Dorsey signed the letter on behalf of his mobile payment company Square. The letter was also signed by chief executives from major companies such as Slack, Ben and Jerry’s, Tinder, H&M, Kenneth Cole and Yelp.
“Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers,” the letter reads. “Simply put, it goes against our values and is bad for business.”
The letter titled “Don’t Ban Equality” appears to be in response to several abortion bans passed in states such as Alabama, Missouri and Georgia. Many believe such laws are part of a conservative attempt to get the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the 1973 landmark abortion ruling in Roe v. Wade.
The companies argued that such restrictions impair their “ability to build diverse and inclusive workforce pipelines, recruit top talent across the states and protect the well-being of all the people who keep our businesses thriving day in and out.”
An estimated total of 108,000 workers are employed by the companies that participated in the letter.
“The future of gender equality hangs in the balance, putting our families, communities, businesses and the economy at risk,” the letter claims.
The letter drew the ire of pro-life activists on Twitter.
“How is protecting the inherent dignity of the human person from the moment of conception ‘bad for business’?” asked March for Life President Jeanne Mancini in a tweet. “Perhaps the better question is what is the ‘value’ of human life to these business leaders?”
Lila Rose, who heads the pro-life activist organization Live Action, questioned why it would be “better for business” to “kill off future generations of customers.”
“Murdering a child in the womb isn’t, has never been, and will never be, ‘healthcare,’” she stressed.
Rose also sees a connection between Dorsey’s signing of the letter and Twitter’s censorship of pro-life advertisements.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith