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Female CEOs place full-page NYT ad in support of abortion rights

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Female CEOs of seven companies took out a full-page ad in the New York Times Tuesday taking aim at a series of state laws restricting abortion.

The ad, from heads of companies focused on women’s health, skincare, sexual health and others, condemns “corporate America” for being “silent on speaking up for sexual and reproductive health and rights.” 

“Today, we loudly and boldly declare that we will not be silent in defense of fundamental human rights and we challenge our peers in the business community to do the same,” the ad states. “Now is the time to speak up.”

{mosads}The ad was placed by CEOs Adriel Denae and Jen Auerbach of Clary Collection, Molly Hayward of Cora, Alexandra Fine and Janet Liberman of Dame, Laura Schubert and Lillian Tung of Fur, Erca Chidi Cohen and Quinn Lundberg of LOOM, Meika Hollander of Sustain Natural and Maria Molland of THINX Inc.

Fine said in a press release that her sex toy company, Dame, would donate $3 from every sale for the rest of the month to the Yellowhammer Fund, which provides funding for abortion care in Alabama.

“We, Dame Products, were founded to promote sexual wellbeing,” she said. “I’ve worked at Planned Parenthood. It’s never an easy decision. I’ve held the hands of women during their procedures. I know the gravity of their decisions and safety we offered them on one of their darkest days.”

Auerbach and Denae of Clary Collection, a natural skin care company, said the bans on abortion “ignite sparks of subjective, moral debate, while distracting us from flames of classism, sexism and bigotry.”

“Clary Collection is rooted in the empowerment of personal agency,” they said. “We stand with every human in pursuit of their own self-determination. We support the sovereignty of choice and safe access to care.”

Last week, Alabama passed one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the nation, with the measure banning the procedure in nearly all cases, including rape or incest, with exceptions only to save the life of the mother.

Missouri advanced its own legislation last week banning abortion at eight weeks, while Georgia and Ohio have both passed “heartbeat” bills that would ban the procedure at approximately six weeks of pregnancy. Many proponents of the laws are hopeful the legislation will eventually reach the Supreme Court, prompting the Court’s conservative majority to reconsider the landmark Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide. 

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