More than 180 corporate leaders made a public plea endorsing abortion this week, signing on to an open letter claiming that restricting the practice is “bad for business.”
What are the details?
The political statement was printed in a full-page ad in Monday’s edition of the New York Times, with signatories including Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (who signed on behalf of another company he runs), Yelp chief Jeremy Stoppelman, and Bloomberg’s Peter Grauer.
“Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers,” the letter declared. “Simply put, it goes against our values and is bad for business.”
The statement was issued by a campaign dubbed “Don’t Ban Equality,” spearheaded by a coalition of pro-abortion groups, including Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Center for Reproductive Rights.
Despite her organization’s role in forming the messaging, Planned Parenthood President Leana Wen said she was “grateful and inspired” by the corporate leaders endorsing it, the Daily Mail reported.
The letter itself does not state what prompted its drafting, but the initiative’s website explains that it was “in response to an alarming trend of bans passing in states across the country that restrict access to comprehensive healthcare, including abortion.”
The CEOs stopped short of directly claiming their employees share their views but did state in the letter, “We, the undersigned, represent more than 108,000 workers.”
Signatory and Postmates Vice President of public policy Vikrum Aiyer told CNN Business the firm is prepared to receive pushback from customers over its stance, but says “it matters more to us that women are stood up for.”
“It’s not a Democratic value or a Republican value; it’s the value of personal sovereignty,” Aiyer explained. “Democracy is messy, but our taking of a position is more about sparking a conversation that imposing a position on our employees or customers.”