Usually, smart business owners avoid controversial topics, abortion, and the fight to tell the truth about the procedure in order to convince thinking people of its immorality is one of them.
Unfortunately, the sometimes sheer force of numbers convinces otherwise reasonable people to ignore common sense. Given that 180 American business CEOs actually put their names on a full page ad in the New York Times claiming that heartbeat bills all but banning abortion in a number of states is “bad for business,” that has to have come in play when the National Abortion Rights Action League, among other parties with vested interest in the issue, came knocking and formed a coalition of people whose names are on the ad.
The executives behind the letter were brought together by a coalition that includes the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the advocacy group NARAL Pro-Choice America.
Ilyse Hogue, NARAL’s president, said in a statement that the organization applauds the executives for “taking a stand on behalf of their employees, customers, and communities.”
“We encourage the entire business community to join us in protecting access to reproductive health care in the critical months and years to come,” she added.
And the executives, of course, could not say so, because for them the question is about “equality” and economics, not life.
Vikrum Aiyer, vice president of public policy at Postmates, said in an interview with CNN Business that his company decided to speak out “principally because of values” and because restricting women’s access to abortion hampers their ability to “make economic choices.”
“The lack of simple access to care and treatment, and having to leave state lines in order to seek that treatment, means not only is their well-being at risk, but their economic and financial circumstances are at risk,” Aiyer said.
“We already have pretty anemic parental leave laws in this country to begin with, and a pay gap on top of that,” he said, calling abortion restrictions “another chipping away of gender equity.”
While all that may be true, 180 CEOs just stepped into a controversial subject where over half of the American people – their customers – disagree, and have the economic power on their side. Boycotts are very popular when morals and values are at stake.
Somehow, all those CEOs forgot about that.