More than 50 companies sign letter opposing Texas abortion law

More than 50 companies signed a letter this week saying that Texas' abortion ban threatens the health and economic stability of their workers and customers.

Companies including Yelp, Lyft, VICE Media Group, Ben & Jerry’s and Reddit said Texas recently-enacted abortion law, which bans abortion after fetal cardiac activity is detected — usually around six weeks — goes against their company values.

"Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers," the companies said in their letter. 

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"Simply put, it goes against our values and is bad for business. It impairs our ability to build diverse and inclusive workforce pipelines, recruit top talent across the states, and protect the well-being of all the people who keep our businesses thriving day in and out."

According to the coalition's website, the companies who signed the letter represent more than 129,000 workers.

"The future of gender equality hangs in the balance, putting our families, communities, businesses and the economy at risk," they added. "We stand against policies that hinder people’s health, independence and ability to fully succeed in the workplace."

The Texas bill, which went into effect at the start of September, bans abortions at approximately six weeks, before many women are even aware that they are pregnant. The bill also provides a "bounty" of $10,000 for people who report healthcare providers who perform abortions in violation of the law.

The bill is regarded as being one of the most restrictive bans in the U.S. and has been criticized for not making exceptions for pregnancies resulting from rape, sexual abuse, incest, as well as for fetal anomalies.

The Department of Justice announced earlier in September that it would be suing Texas to prevent the bill from being enforced.

“The Act is clearly unconstitutional under longstanding Supreme Court precedent,” U.S. Attorney General Garland said. “The United States has the authority and responsibility to ensure that no state can deprive individuals of their constitutional rights through a legislative scheme specifically designed to prevent the vindication of those rights.”