Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) called out the more than 180 businesses that condemned pro-life states while continuing to work with authoritarian countries like China and Saudi Arabia.
As IJR Blue reported, CEOs for companies like Bloomberg, H&M, and Yelp all signed a letter condemning the democratically-elected legislatures in states like Alabama and Georgia for passing pro-life legislation. The “Don’t Ban Equality” letter ran in a full-page ad for the New York Times, listing the 180-plus CEOs who signed the letter.
“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.”
The letter argued that restricting access to abortion puts the “economy at risk.”
Senator Rubio found this condemnation of pro-life states to be demonstrating “stunning hypocrisy.” He called it out in an interview with the Rule of Law Defense Fund on Tuesday.
Watch Rubio’s comments:
The Corporate Left uses boycotts as tools to be the voice of moral authority here in the US. Yet these same companies ALSO favor of open, free economic engagement with authoritarian countries that have real, documented, persistent human rights violations.
Stunning hypocrisy. pic.twitter.com/Ce4SzwzmHZ
— Senator Rubio Press (@SenRubioPress) June 11, 2019
“It’s funny to me. Boycotts are one of the favorite tools of the left, including the corporate left. So yesterday, 170 CEOs signed a letter condemning some abortion laws that have been passed in a number of states. […] It’s funny. These companies have no problem — these same voices — have no problem leading boycott efforts as a result of laws passed by the democratically-elected legislature of American U.S. states. On the other hand, they are the first ones to come up here and argue that ‘oh, we can’t cut off economic relations with fill-in-the-blank authoritarian country, China, Saudi Arabia, whoever it might be.'”
Rubio noted that several businesses have been critical of Republican efforts against China, including President Donald Trump’s tariffs. He also noted that China continues the ethnic cleansing of Uighur Muslims, but large corporations aren’t as concerned about that as they are about pro-life laws being passed in Alabama.
The senator claimed that these businesses “don’t care” that Muslims are being held in internment camps in China or that women were barred from driving in Saudi Arabia until last year.
He is not alone in condemning businesses for boycotting U.S. states while working with authoritarian countries. As IJR previously reported, Disney was similarly criticized for proposing a boycott of Georgia.