Over 180 CEOs Come Out Against Abortion Bans: ‘The Future of Gender Equality Hangs in the Balance’

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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:

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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.”

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Screwtape
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“gender equality” Newsflash Lefties, men (not trans-men) do not get pregnant. THAT’s an inequality no letter or campaign can change.
This too is a fact, you bobbleheads.

Screwtape
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“reproductive healthcare” is so Orwellian and wrong. There’s no reproduction involved when the child is killed. That’s a fact.

….but if a child is killed with an “assault weapon” that’s something else entirely.

Screwtape
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One wonders what kind of health benefits these companies offer.

The truth is that Planned Parenthood’s primary role is providing abortions and birth control. They don’t do mammographies or anything beyond pap smears (which many locations do not provide)

MANY other health facilities provide these services AND abortions. So forget the “reproductive health” or “women’s health” lies.

Phoenix
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Screwtape – planned parenthood may not provide mammograms, but they help facilitate women getting more affordable mammograms and other services that planned parenthood is not equipped to support. That’s not a small thing as most women aren’t even aware of what programs they qualify for.

You also forget about testing and treatments for UTIs, yeast infections, and STDs testing… this stuff can be expensive and planned parenthood is a common place for quick and cheap treatment.

Screwtape
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True, but these are all services provided by other healthcare facilities, which far outnumber PP locations.

Why is it necessary for PP to play the “middleman”? More importantly, referring women is NOT the same as actually providing women’s health services. In certain issues. like ovarian/cervical cancer, immediate diagnosis and treatment are critical.

fun facts: per IRS filings, 55% of PP’s income comes from abortions and 37% from government funding.

Screwtape
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From one of your earlier posts, I agree 100% that birth-control should be an over-the-counter product.

Screwtape
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As far as women being unaware of what health benefits their employer provides (that is the topic for the companies mentioned), that’s a failure on the part of the women and the HR departments.

At some point personal responsibility MUST be applied.

Phoenix
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Referring women IS important if they are helping them apply for programs they didn’t know about to help them better afford a real hospital. People specifically go to planned parenthood because they can’t afford hospitals or urgent cares. It IS helpful. When i went I was referred to a state program to receive my birth control for free as a student rather than taking my money and having me buy full price there. I was in college and this was maybe a year before Obamacare so i didn’t have insurance. IRS filings show profit. Abortions are not the only services… Read more »

Screwtape
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I had an ex-girlfriend who took BC to help with her debilitating PMS, cramping, etc.

Your experience argues further for making BC, not just pills, more easily available, though I’d ask for some counseling/pharmaceutical advice.

Phoenix
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It does do that, but it also shows why people may be more comfortable going to planned parenthood than hospitals.

I only have personal experience with planned parenthood for birth control and referal on programs for bc. However, i do know they do this for all services not covered by PP or if the service can be provided cheaper somewhere else.

The explaining referals and how hospitals may not be as willing to do so was more what i was getting at.

Mike
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In college and getting FREE birth control, huh. You must mean birth control paid for by others (taxpayers). Everything government gives out “for free” was taken from someone else.

Phoenix
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Oh boo hoo – it was a state program. One designed to invest in ensuring both men and women are able to complete their schooling faster and therefore pay more taxes when they graduate and get good jobs. The thought process is I’m a higher contributor as an IT professional than i would have been as a help desk associate (entry level). So the state paid 200 dollars for the one year i was enrolled, and i then i got a good job and paid that and plenty more income taxes while i was in the state. Its an investment… Read more »

Screwtape
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While I agree that the “ideal” of producing higher-income earners is good, let’s be honest and admit that many graduates are not.

Your experience is a positive one, but not the only outcome.

I think the taxpayers may also have voted out of pragmatism and compassion, besides economics.

Phoenix
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No, but the program was designed to ensure my outcome is more likely.

And i know compassion was probably a big factor, but sometimes the economic choice and the compassionate choice are the same. This is one of those times.

Screwtape
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Nor is college the only path to earning good, sustainable incomes. q.v. trades and other professions that do not require a college degree.

Not to mention the invaluable hands-on training offered by many branches of the service. I worked with and supervised MANY vets who gained their skills and knowledge via the military. They worked and played hard and I wouldn’t have traded them for some spoiled, idiot engineers who didn’t know which driver to use (yep, had some of those)

Phoenix
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I’m not sure what you are arguing here. I don’t know if the program covered other forms of education. Maybe it did. The whole point of this was showing how i went to planned parenthood with a need for a service and they referred me to a program that helped MY situation as they do many others for a variety of needs. I am not arguing college is the only way to go. Personally, i think most jobs that say they need college degree are lying and a really hope things are different for my kids (only partly because i… Read more »

Screwtape
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Mike, while all that may be true, consider the alternative:
A child who must be supported, educated, and receive healthcare at taxpayer expense or subsidized by taxpayers.

While it is absolutely true the government has NOTHING to spend it didn’t extort from taxpayers there are some ways to economize.

Mike
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Saying most women don’t even know what programs they qualify for is outrageous. Are you saying most women are stupid?

Phoenix
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No, I’m saying the system is confusing for everyone and at a time where a woman just found out she may have cancer then it is helpful to have support there to help navigate through the potential programs quickly.

I’ve had these conversations a lot – you’re not going to be able to troll me so might as well move on.

Screwtape
Member

Confusion aside (yes, there’s a lot of it) let’s be honest and admit that there are a lot of people who only learn what is necessary, when it’s necessary, and sometimes not even then.

Phoenix
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I would not dare to argue there isn’t a healthy dose of laziness. However, i also think unless you work with the stuff day to day it can take weeks to really know what you’re talking about and several more weeks for an approval into these types of programs.

As you said, time can be a big factor when it comes to cancer.

Screwtape
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Yes. I, my surviving children, and my late wife know too much about it.

Screwtape
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Mike, we live in a world of information overload AND people are lazy. Ever read your credit card or insurance policies? How about the manuals for your car or appliances?

I have, but I’m the first one to admit that my wife is right that I’m anal-retentive that way. (she can’t get over the file folders I have for my firearms, tools, etc.)

Phoenix
Member

Honestly, I’m really not sure corporate pressure is all that helpful in this instance.

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