‘It’s bad for business:’ CEOs speak out against attacks on reproductive rights, abortion bans

"As anti-choice politicians are escalating attacks on these fundamental freedoms we encourage the entire business community to join us in protecting access to reproductive healthcare in the critical months and years to come."

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Not only does it go “against our values,” it “is bad for business,” chief executives of more than 180 companies said in a joint statement denouncing states’ recent attacks on reproductive rights. The statement ran as a full-page ad in The New York Times on Monday “affirming gender equality,” EcoWatch reported.

CEOs, including those from Amalgamated Bank, Atlantic Records, Bloomberg L.P., H&M U.S., and Square, to name a few, wrote that imposing bans on reproductive rights including abortions “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.”

The CEOs are backed by rights organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NARAL Pro-Choice America, The American Civil Liberties Union, and Center for Reproductive Rights, who all “applaud the business leaders signing the #DontBanEquality letter for taking a stand on behalf of their employees, customers, and communities, and affirming the mainstream view that women deserve to be able to make private, personal medical decisions without politicians interfering.”

“As anti-choice politicians are escalating attacks on these fundamental freedoms,” Ilyse Hogue, NARAL Pro-Choice America president, said, “we encourage the entire business community to join us in protecting access to reproductive healthcare in the critical months and years to come.”

As states, such as Georgia and Alabama, have recently passed extreme bans on women’s reproductive rights, large corporations, including Disney and Netflix, have talked about moving their shooting location out of Georgia, the site where several T.V. shows and films are set to be filmed.

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“You’ve got to be on the right side of history, and the state of Georgia and those other states, they’re wrong,” Spike Lee, director, said.

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