At this unprecedented time for abortion rights and access, there is a critical role for the business community to play in showing support for their employees and communities. In the wake of the leaked draft opinion in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, demonstrating that a majority of the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the need is more urgent than ever.
In response to the leaked draft, a range of businesses and corporate leaders, including Levi Strauss & Co., Yelp, OK Cupid, Bumble, Virgin, Sheryl Sandberg, and Bill Gates, have already spoken out. But even prior to the leaked draft opinion announcement, in recent months as bans on abortion passed in states such as S.B. 8 in Texas, other companies including Citi, Amazon, Apple, and Bumble, have announced their support for employees in those states, such as paying travel costs for employees seeking healthcare out of state, and companies such as Lyft and Uber have offered to pay legal fees for drivers transporting those seeking care.
There are a range of ways for businesses to engage in this high-stakes moment:
Speak out on the ways that access to abortion impacts your employees, business, and communities
- New polling shows the majority of registered voters support brands when they speak out on abortion access. This is no longer an issue companies can remain silent on.
- Resource: NWLC’s Abortion Values and Messaging Guide
Align your policies on a range of gender equity issues including:
- ensuring employer sponsored health care coverage includes free or low-cost contraception, abortion care and other reproductive health care and services;
- ensuring that workers who need time off to travel for abortion care are supported with travel costs, paid time off, and other relevant benefits
- accommodating and supporting pregnant workers and workers who are caregivers;
- ensuring workers across the full range of the workforce are paid a living wage and equally.
Support public policy to that protects and expands abortion rights and access
- Call on federal policymakers to protect and expand abortion access, including by passing the Women’s Health Protection Act
- Contact local and state legislators to share the harmful impact that abortion restrictions and bans will have on your employees and business operations
- Align political giving with candidates who support ESG commitments
Sign on to the Don’t Ban Equality campaign
- The “Don’t Ban Equality” statement underscores the impact of abortion bans on the workforce, specifically the alarming implementation of state restrictions and the impact the looming Supreme Court decision will have on millions of workers across dozens of states.
Donate to and promote employee gift matching for donations to frontline groups