Over 180 executives of important companies claimed Monday in a complete page of publicity of The New York Times that does not restrict reproductive rights of women, including abortion, because that affects equality at work and is also “bad business”.
The letter is signed by the CEOs of firms such as Bloomberg, Yelp, H & M, Tinder or The Body Shop and there are names like the founder of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, or designer Diane Von Furstenberg, who claim “equality” in response ” to the alarming trend of the prohibitions that are being approved” in the US.
Social organizations that have coordinated the initiative, including Planned Parenthood and the US Civil Liberties Union. (ACLU), said in a note that these restrictions “threaten the health and economic stability of its employees and customers, making them bad for business.”
The executives, who represent 108,000 workers, argue that restricting access to reproductive services “harms our ability to build conduits for a diverse and inclusive workforce, attract the best talent in the states and protect the well-being of people who maintain the business”.
Opponents of abortion have launched an offensive in recent weeks with the passage of laws in a dozen conservative states that prohibit the termination of pregnancy in most cases, including rape and incest.
In the US abortion is legal in practice since the 1973 Supreme Court declared unconstitutional any interference by the State in the decision of the woman about the pregnancy.
In recent years, however, the conservative movement has tried to get the High Court, right-wing majority, to re-examine its constitutionality to reverse the 1973 decision.
“The future of gender equality hangs in the balance and puts our families, communities, businesses and economy at risk,” the business representatives said in the letter.
Among the companies that have joined the manifesto are also the MAC makeup brand, the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream shop, the Lush natural cosmetics store, the Kenneth Cole clothing brands, rag & bone and Rebecca Minkoff or the Amalgamated bank.
The almost 200 companies involved in the campaign, which is called “Do not ban equality” on social networks, indicated on Twitter that “equality in the workplace is one of the most important labor issues of our time” and they invited others to join.