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CEO’s Enter the Abortion Debate

Seems like a ton of mansplaining is going on here, but 180 CEO‘s spoke out against abortion restrictions in a full page ad in The New York Times. Many of them are men, and based on some of the commentary, I wouldn’t want to work in any of their organizations. From CNN:

A letter endorsed by the business leaders appeared as a full-page ad in Monday’s New York Times, declaring “it’s time for companies to stand up for reproductive health care.

“They argue that limiting access to comprehensive care, “including abortion,” threatens “the health, independence, and economic stability of our employees and customers.” The letter says strict abortion laws are “against our values” and impede corporate efforts to build diverse workforces.

Okay, has anyone told them that abortion rates kill more African American and Hispanic babies per capita than any other demographic? And that approximately half of all babies aborted are women? How exactly does this pattern help promote diversity in the workplace?

Or is it they don’t really want working mothers in the workplace? In all honesty, given the language, this seems to be more of a motivator. Somewhere between feminism’s 2nd and 3rd wave, the ability to be a mother and have a career seems to have evaporated.

Growing up in the shadow of the 2nd wave, it was nearly expected. Now, it appears to be actively discouraged by leading feminists and perhaps, employers if this is any indication. To say reduced access to abortion somehow impairs your ability to build a diverse workforce implies women with children are not desirable employees.

To support the position in the letter, Vikrum Aiyer, Vice President of Public Policy at Postmates told CNN Business that abortion restrictions limited women’s economic choices. He claimed that subpar family leave laws and the non-existent gender pay gap means women need access to abortion to to protect their financial interests. Career interests is implied.

Here’s an idea. If Postmates has a gender pay gap as defined by the Equal Pay Act, fix it. It’s against the law. They can also implement whatever family leave and family friendly policies they please. They do not need to wait for the federal government.

For all of these companies, it seems they see significant barriers for working mothers and want to build a diverse workforce. the next question ought to be whether they are in the forefront of implementing family friendly policies? For mothers and fathers? Even Walmart offers 10-weeks paid family leave to all associates.

If you are interested in knowing which companies are advocating for liberal abortion laws, you may find a list at this website. They are asking additional companies to support thier position, which is directly aimed at my state and my values.

Thankfully, I am not familiar with many of them, though I will miss The Body Shop. I am making conscious decision not to do business with companies that are looking for constituents instead of customers. And until these companies articulate exactly what their position on the issue is, I will be avoiding their products and services deliberately. The abortion debate is nuanced, and every one of these CEO’s should be challenged to find out exactly where they think the line should be drawn.

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