The list of 180 companies that say restricting abortion is bad for business

New York (CNN Business)Top executives from more than 180 companies have a message for lawmakers: Restricting abortion is “bad for business.”

They argue that limiting access to comprehensive care, “including abortion,” threatens “the health, independence, and economic stability of our employees and customers.” The letter says strict abortion laws are “against our values” and impede corporate efforts to build diverse workforces.
Among the list of the ad’s endorsers are chief executives from Yelp (YELP), Slack, Tinder, H&M (HNNMY), and food delivery app Postmates. Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter (TWTR), was also on the list, though he signed on behalf of the other company he runs, digital payment firm Square (SQ). The group included fashion designer Eileen Fisher.
    Businesses have shown a growing willingness to take stands on issues like LGBTQ rights, immigration and gun control — but they’ve remained mostly silent on abortion policy through years of debate.
    That changed for some companies this year after Alabama lawmakers approved a near-total ban on abortion, and as “heartbeat” laws, which prohibit abortions when a fetal heartbeat is detected or as early as six weeks into a pregnancy, gained new traction in several states. They include Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Louisiana.
    Three of the world’s biggest entertainment companies — Netflix (NFLX), Disney (DIS) and WarnerMedia — said last month that they may stop producing movies and TV shows in Georgia if the state’s “heartbeat” law takes effect. (WarnerMedia, a unit of AT&T, is the parent company of CNN.)
    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.
    The coalition is calling the campaign “Don’t Ban Equality” and it launched a website Monday that invites other executives to sign on.
    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.”
    Aiyer said Postmates is bracing for pushback from consumers who disagree with the company’s stance — but, he added, “it matters more to us that women are stood up for.”
    “It’s not a Democratic value or a Republican value; it’s the value of personal sovereignty,” Aiyer added. “Democracy is messy, but our taking of a position is more about sparking a conversation than imposing a position on our employees or customers.”
    Here is the full list of companies and people who signed the letter:
    Bloomberg LP 
    Peter T. Grauer
    MAC Cosmetics
    Philippe Pinatel
    DVF
    Diane von Furstenberg
    H&M
    Ezinne Kwubiri
    Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
    Mark and Karen Wolverton
    Yelp
    Jeremy Stoppelman
    Square, Inc
    Jack Dorsey
    Portland General Electric
    Maria Pope
    Zoom Video Communications, Inc.
    Eric S. Yuan
    Zendesk
    Mikkel Svane
    The Standard
    Amar Lalvani
    Warby Parker
    Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa
    Okta
    Todd McKinnon
    Slack Technologie
    Stewart Butterfield
    Postmates
    Bastian Lehmann
    Eileen Fisher
    Eileen Fisher
    Dermalogica Professional Skincare
    Aurelian Lis
    The Body Shop US 
    Andrea Blieden
    Quintessentially
    Annastasia Seebohm
    Ben & Jerry’s Homemade
    Matthew McCarthy
    Teads
    Bertrand Quesada
    IDEO
    Tim Brown
    BlueJeans Network
    Quentin Gallivan
    Atlantic Records & Warner Music Group
    Julie Greenwald
    Endeavor
    Patrick Whitesell and Ariel Emanuel
    Amalgamated Bank
    Keith Mestrich
    M.M. LaFleur
    Sarah LaFleur
    rag & bone
    Marcus Wainwright
    Away
    Steph Korey & Jen Rubio
    Beneficial State Bank
    Kat Taylor
    Birchbox
    Katie Beauchamp
    Glossier 
    Emily Weiss
    The Wing
    Audrey Gelman & Lauren Kassan
    Kenneth Cole Productions 
    Kenneth Cole
    Everlane 
    Michael Preysman
    Seventh Generation
    Joey Bergstein
    Rebecca Minkoff
    Rebecca Minkoff
    Gabriela Hearst 
    Gabriela Hearst
    Unity Technologies
    John Riccitiello
    &pizza
    Michael Lastoria
    Refinery29
    Philippe von Borries
    POPSUGAR
    Lisa Sugar, Brian Sugar
    Hello Alfred
    Marcela Sapone
    Tinder 
    Elie Seidman
    The Cut
    Stella Bugbee
    CREDO Mobile
    Ray Morris
    Outdoor Voices
    Ty Haney
    ChowNow
    Christopher Webb
    Hint, inc.
    Kara Goldin
    R2C Group
    Michelle Cardinal
    Catbird
    Rony Elka Vardi
    The Muse
    Kathryn Minshew & Alex Cavoulacos
    BaubleBar
    Amy Jain & Daniella Yacobovsky
    hims & hers
    Andrew Dudum
    Blavity 
    Morgan DeBaun
    Cinq à Sept and LIKELY
    Jane Siskin
    The Riveter
    Amy Nelson
    THINX
    Maria Molland
    Trillium Asset Management
    Matthew Patsky
    WILDFANG
    Emma Mcilroy
    Richer Poorer
    Iva Pawling
    Mara Hoffman
    Mara Hoffman
    OUAI
    Jen Atkin
    TomboyX
    Fran Dunaway
    Heartbeat
    Kate Edwards
    Sustain
    Meika Hollender
    Dame Products 
    Alexandra Fine
    ADAY
    Nina Faulhaber & Meg He
    Designer Revival
    Tiffany Keriakos
    Cora
    Molly Hayward
    Visit.Org Inc.
    Michal Alter
    Fur
    Laura Schubert
    LaRue PR LLC
    Jessy Klein Fofana
    Lesbians Who Tech
    Leanne Pittsford
    Nia Impact Capital
    Kristin Hull
    We Dream in Color 
    Jade Gedeon
    The Cru
    Tiffany Dufu
    Harrington Investments, Inc.
    John Harrington
    Dazey LA
    Dani Nagel
    Gotham Gal
    Joanne Wilson
    Union Station
    Corie Hardee
    New York Media
    Pam Wasserstein
    Le Tote
    Rakesh Tondon
    Aspiration 
    Andrei Cherny
    Sunshine Sachs
    Shawn Sachs
    BerlinRosen
    Jonathan Rosen & Valerie Berlin
    Swift
    Liz Valentine
    Verified Strategy
    Tammy Gordon
    Bolt Threads
    Dan Widmaier
    Lex Machina 
    Josh Becker
    Food52
    Amanda Hesser
    PR Consulting
    Pierre Rougier
    Overtime
    Dan Porter
    Godfrey Dadich Partners
    Patrick Godfrey & Scott Dadich
    Naadam
    Matthew Scanlan
    Clare V. 
    Clare Vivier
    Parachute
    Ariel Kaye
    Houseparty
    Sima Sistani
    Threads 4 Thought
    Eric Fleet
    The Lede Company
    Meredith O’Sullivan,  Sarah Rothman, Amanda Silverman, Christine Su
    HATCH 
    Ariane Goldman
    Clark
    Meghan O’Connor
    NOAH
    Brendon Babenzien
    Becca PR
    Becca Parrish
    Homeboy Electronics Recycling
    Kabira Stokes
    Full Circle Brands 
    Tal Chitayat
    DRG Search
    Dara Z. Klarfeld
    CleaverCo
    Mary R. Cleaver
    Lingua Franca
    Rachelle Hruska
    Shoppable.com
    Heather Marie Udo
    La LOOP
    Elizabeth Faraut
    Bhakti, Inc. 
    Sarah W. Bird
    Inspiring Capital
    Nell Derick Debevoise
    HigherRing White-Glove Customer Service
    Michelle Hirons
    Global Gaming Initiative + JukkoElizabeth Sarquis
    Tia
    Carolyn Witte
    Lora DiCarlo
    Lora Haddock
    Bantam Tools
    Bre Pettis
    Timehop
    Matthew Raoul
    Soma Massage Therapy
    Amber Briggle
    MilkRun, Inc.
    Julia Niiro
    Milk Crate
    Morgan Berman
    The Jane Club
    Dorian Howard + Zoe Regan
    WaitWhat
    June Cohen and Deron Triff
    STATE Bags
    Jessica Davidoff
    Picture Motion 
    Christie Marchese
    Plum Alley Investments
    Deborah Jackson
    Grey Horse Communications
    Kate Gardiner
    Dipsea
    Gina Gutierrez
    Loop & Tie
    Sara Rodell
    VenueBook
    Kelsey Recht
    PRIMA
    Christopher Gavigan
    Hugo 
    Alberto Escarlate
    Agents of Change Partners
    Tracey Wood
    Paladin
    Felicity Conrad
    atlasGO
    Thomas Querton
    Livary Clothing
    Alysia Reiner
    Yulu PR
    Melissa Orozco
    Indigo
    Ena Zheng
    iFundWomen
    Karen Cahn
    The Helm
    Lindsey Taylor Wood
    ROAM
    Christopher Jerard
    ClearHealthCosts
    Jeanne Pinder
    Lately
    Kate Bradley Chernis
    LimeRed
    Emily Lonigro
    MakeLoveNotPorn
    Cindy Gallop
    Rebellious PR & Consulting
    Evie Smith
    BeautifulNow
    Shira White
    VOZ
    Jasmine Etoile Aarons
    Sustainable Pacific
    Jennifer Chirico
    Balloonr
    Amanda Greenberg
    SVILU
    Marina Polo & Britt Cosgrove
    Sophie Theallet
    Steve Francoeur
    FoodtoEat
    Deepti Sharma
    McPherson Strategies 
    Susan McPherson
    Vista Global Coaching & Consulting
    Mary Stelletello
    WhyWhisper Collective
    Alexandra Ostrow
    Iconery 
    Ivka Adam
    Aunt Flow
    Claire Coder
    LOROD
    Lauren Rodriguez
    Andrena
    Neil Chatterjee
    RAD
    Carineh Martin
    Change Catalyst
    Melinda Briana Epler
    Fathom
    Pavia Rosati
    Heather Taylor Home 
    Heather Taylor
    Adam Selman Sport 
    Adam Selman
    Superfit Hero 
    Micki Krimmel
    Repairogen Corporation
    Frank Borchetta
    Gyrate Media
    Margit Detweiler
    Lorals
    Melanie Cristol
    Mangrove Web Development
    Maiya Holliday
    Green Retirement, Inc. 
    Rose Penelope L. Yee
    Seed Systems
    Sara Schley
    Female Founders Fund
    Anu Duggal
    Ends+Stems
    Alison Mountford
    Beefcake Swimwear
    Mel Brittner Wells
    RockPaperRobot
    Jessica Banks
    Colibri Digital Marketing
    Anna Colibri
    NEEV
    Ruksana Azhu Valappil
    Narrative Food
    Jennifer Field Piette
    RoundPeg Benefit LLC
    Polina Pinchevsky
    Certifiably 
    Anne Chambers
    Arrow Event Management
    Emily R. Olson
    Shifting Patterns Consulting
    Kimberley Jutze
      Nathalie Molina Niño, LLC
      Nathalie Molina Niño
      Unbound
      Polly Rodriguez and Sarah Jayne Kinney

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