Abortion bans are a calculated assault on a woman’s fundamental right to choose what to do with her own body. They are also part of a targeted attack against those who continue to be systematically oppressed by our legal system. These laws will ultimately force people who are disadvantaged, usually people of color, to turn toward dangerous measures for an abortion. While there will most likely always be safe places for women to turn to when they find themselves in need of an abortion, not everyone will be able to afford it. That privilege will not be an equal one.
This is a fight for a woman’s right to choose and a grand fight for equality to access. Our employees, our customers, our friends, and our families are under attack and deserve access to care.
It should no longer be acceptable for business leaders to play it safe and choose not to speak up because they’re afraid of offending someone. We have to break out of our corporate narratives and overdesigned slide decks. In times of injustice or inequality, it’s critical that companies take moral stands against depravity of any kind—and especially of this kind. As Desmond Tutu famously said, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
I acknowledge it’s not enough to sign a letter and make a public statement. We all need to do our part in building companies and cultures where fairness and equality are not just core values, but core commitments.
That’s precisely why 52% of our workforce is women. It’s why nearly half of our executive team is female. It’s why we’re committed to pay equity and why we offer 20 weeks of paid leave to all new primary parents.
Equal pay. Equal access. Equal treatment. These should be the first principles that animate every decision we make — no matter what business we’re in.