Companies Backing Abortion Should Be Careful What They Wish For

By Nicole Russell

A vast array of
corporations have come out in support of abortion in recent weeks—specifically
to oppose “heartbeat” bills that ban abortion after six weeks, such as the ones
recently signed into law in Georgia, Missouri, and Alabama.

Last week, leaders of more
than 180 companies—including MAC Cosmetics, Yelp, and clothing-maker Eileen
Fisher—signed a letter in a
full-page ad in The New York Times, saying
that “restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including
abortion, threatens the health, independence, and economic stability of our
employees and customers.”

This follows several threats made by media companies, including Disney and Netflix, to stop filming in Georgia due to the “heartbeat bill” recently signed by Gov. Brian Kemp.

Just weeks ago, things were quieter. Bloomberg pointed out last month that “the corporate silence on abortion in Georgia and elsewhere has been deafening, especially compared with corporations’ eagerness to demonstrate their support for other progressive social issues, such as LGBT rights.”

So it’s curious that nearly 200 companies would suddenly come out swinging against these bans.

It’s especially odd given that public opinion on abortion is shifting. In a January Marist poll, three out of four Americans said they supported substantial restrictions on abortion. More recently, a Pew Research poll found that nearly 40% want abortion to be illegal “all or most of the time.”

Such restrictions enjoy robust
support in some states, as reflected in the six-week bans recently passed by
state legislatures. This surge in pro-life support has the abortion lobby
worried.

No surprise, then, that the
abortion lobby had a strong hand in organizing the New York Times letter. NPR reports, “The letter is part of a broader campaign called Don’t Ban
Equality, sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood,
NARAL Pro-Choice America, and the Center for Reproductive Rights.” The purpose?
“Organizers say the letter marks the first step in engaging corporate
supporters as …read more

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