Figuring out if this has become sufficiently politically dangerous for them not to say something about, I think, is the calculus they are trying to make,” Sucher said.
Abortion rights activists have called on companies and the general public to boycott Texas over the abortion law. The Portland, Ore., City Council will consider banning trading goods and services with Texas.
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In some industries, praising the anti-abortion law is far riskier than condemning it. John Gibson, the CEO of video game developer TripWire, stepped down Monday after tweeting that he was “proud” of the Supreme Court for upholding the law. His tweet sparked intense backlash from the gaming community, including his own co-workers.
Gallup released a poll in June showing that 58 percent of Americans do not want the Supreme Court to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that protects the right to an abortion. Just 19 percent of respondents said that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances.
However, Gallup also found that 47 percent of Americans consider themselves to be “pro-life,” compared to 49 percent who are “pro-choice,” a significantly smaller margin.
Corporate America typically backs measures with more clear-cut support. Still, it’s unclear how much of a difference their statements would even make. Corporations’ influence with Republicans has waned as the two forces grow further apart on social justice issues.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed legislation to tighten voting restrictions and take control of local election administration despite outcry from major corporations. The state’s largest employer, Delta Air Lines, called the bill “unacceptable,” and MLB moved its All-Star Game out of Atlanta in protest.
More than 150 corporations that together employ 4 million workers, including Target, PepsiCo and Google, urged Congress to pass the John Lewis bans off our bodies Voting Rights Advancement Act. The voting measure passed the House with zero GOP votes.
Major corporations unsuccessfully pushed Republicans to back a popular measure to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. The Equality Act, a bill to codify discrimination protections for LGBTQ individuals, also has the backing of corporate America but drew little support from Republican lawmakers.
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