While more and more states are passing some of the strictest abortion laws in the country, nearly 200 CEOs have come together to warn people about the consequences the bans could have on business, the economy, and overall equality.
On Tuesday, 187 CEOs signed a full-page ad in the New York Times.
“When everyone is empowered to succeed, our companies, our communities and our economy are better for it,” the ad reads.
“Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers. Simply put, it goes against our values and is bad for business. It 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.”
One of the executives that signed the pledge was Twitter co-founder and Square, Inc. CEO Jack Dorsey.
The ad claims that the CEOs represent over 108,000 workers.
“The future of gender equality hangs in the balance, putting our families, communities, businesses and the economy at risk,” the ad concluded.
See the full ad below:
The ad was organized by various pro-abortion rights groups such as Planned Parenthood Federation of America, NARAL Pro-Choice America, The American Civil Liberties Union, and Center for Reproductive Rights.
“We are grateful and inspired to have so many business leaders standing with us proudly and publicly to oppose these dangerous, unprecedented attacks — raising the alarm about the chilling effect on their employees and the communities where they do business,” Planned Parenthood President Dr. Leana Wen said in a statement.
“People across the country are outraged — politicians have no place in our personal health decisions. And now more than ever, we must stand together to declare that reproductive health care, including abortion care, is necessary for all people to live healthy, successful lives.”