CEOs Push Abortion Myth

Jun 11, 2019

Executives from more than 180 companies published a full-page ad of a letter yesterday in the New York Times which conveys the myth that restricting abortion is “bad for business.”

The letter is part of a “Don't Ban Equality” campaign which was initiated by a coalition of the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America. The executives signed the letter which states strict abortion laws are “against our values” and “impairs our 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.”

Among the list of the ad’s endorsers are chief executives from technology, fashion, banking, retail and energy companies including Yelp, Slack, Tinder, H&M, Twitter and Square, Inc. These CEOs that state protecting unborn life is “against our values” are responding to states that have recently passed “heartbeat laws” that prohibit abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detectable in the womb. These states include Missouri, Mississippi, Kentucky and Louisiana, Ohio and Alabama.

Governor Brian Kemp also recently signed a “heartbeat” bill that will replace current Georgia law that allows abortions up to 20 weeks. Governor Kemp specifically called the law “common sense,” despite recent boycott threats from Hollywood actors and three of the world's biggest entertainment companies--Netflix, Disney and WarnerMedia. 

Regarding the “bad for business” myth, the highest percentage of pregnancies aborted in 2014 were in the District of Columbia (38 percent), New York (33 percent), and New Jersey (30 percent). Illinois and New York recently legalized infanticide up to nine months for any reason. However, New York, New Jersey and Illinois are listed 26, 38 and 39, respectively, out of the 50 states according to the 2018 Forbes’ Best States for Business List.

Ironically, regarding the “impede corporate efforts to build diverse workforces” myth, in New York alone, non-Hispanic black women made up the largest group of women who obtained abortions in New York City in 2016, accounting for 39 percent of reported abortions. Hispanic women made up the second-largest racial category at 28 percent of abortions, and white women made up 15 percent of the abortions reported in the city.

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