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More Than 50 Companies — Including Yelp, Lyft, Ben & Jerry’s — Speak Out Against Texas Abortion Law

More than 50 companies—including Yelp, Lyft, Ben & Jerry's—speak out against Texas abortion law

9/26/2021 8:56:00 PM

More than 50 companies—including Yelp , Lyft , Ben & Jerry's —speak out against Texas abortion law

The companies said the abortion law “threatens the health, independence, and economic stability of our workers and customers.”

Dozens of companies (see full list, below) criticized Texas’ near-total ban on abortion Tuesday, saying in anrestrictions on reproductive care will be “bad for business” and hurt workers, customers and the state’s economy—marking the largest outcry yet from the business community against Texas’ controversial Senate Bill 8 (SB 8).

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Abortion rights activists rally at the Texas State Capitol on September 11, in Austin, Texas.Getty ImagesKey FactsThe letter, released through the organization Don’t Ban Equality, does not mention SB 8 specifically, but says any kind of restrictions on access to “comprehensive reproductive care,” such as abortion restrictions, “threatens the health, independence, and economic stability of our workers and customers.”

The state’s abortion restrictions that were in place before SB 8 took effect have already negatively impacted the state’s economy, the companies argue, citing figures from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research that found existing restrictions have cost the state of Texas an estimated $14.5 billion annually in economic losses.

Abortion and other restrictions that threaten gender equality put “our families, communities, businesses and the economy at risk,” the letter argues.Citing sources familiar with the matter, theWall Street JournalStarbucks and Microsoft were among the companies that declined to sign the letter.

Crucial Quote“Simply put, policies that restrict reproductive health care go against our values and are bad for business,” the companies wrote. “It impairs our ability to build diverse and inclusive workforce pipelines, recruit top talent across states, and protect the well-being of all the people who keep our businesses thriving day in and out.”

Big Number$105 billion. That’s the approximate amount per year that state-level restrictions on abortion cost state economies, according to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The letter’s organizers told theWall Street Journal, which first reported the open letter, that their effort was partly intended to dissuade other states from copying Texas’ abortion restrictions and enacting similar legislation, as several have already

they plan to do. Full ListThe 52 companies that signed the letter are Yelp, Lyft, Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, Box Inc., Asana, Madewell, Bumble, Benefit Cosmetics, Amalgamated Bank, Stitch Fix, Seventh Generation, Zendesk Inc., Atlassian Corp., Everlane, The Body Shop, Capgemini Invent, Momentive, OJO Labs, La Colombe Coffee Roasters, Adya Partners, Syzygy Plasmonics Inc., M.M.LaFleur, Brenda Thompson Communications, Visceral, Luminary, Clean Yield Asset Management, Playful Studios/ BetRed Stories, BSR, VICE Media Group, HarbourView Equity Partners, mara hoffman, Michael Stars, Civitech, Farmgirl Flowers, Medicines360, Houndstooth Coffee, Glossier, Mercury Fund, WP Engine, Clare V., Adasina Social Capital, Trillium Asset Management LLC, Spot Insurance Inc., People at the Center, Burton Snowboards, Earth Equity Advisors, LLC, Gather Voices, The Pill Club, IFundWomen and The Cru.

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