Last June, leaders from over 180 U.S. companies signed on to a letter printed as a full-page ad in the New York Times, titled, “Don’t Ban Equality.” This campaign was reportedly formed “in response to an alarming trend of bans passing in states across the country that restrict access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare, including abortion.” The campaign was to be a statement against laws protecting preborn children, with these businesses stating that “these bans go against their company values and negatively affect efforts to promote equality in the workplace, putting businesses, communities and the economy at risk.”
The signers purported to represent “more than 129,000 workers” taking a stand “against policies that hinder people’s health, independence and ability to fully succeed in the workplace.” And at the time, one of the businesses signed on to the letter wasn’t a household name — but today, nearly a year later, Eric Yuan’s video conferencing platform Zoom is being used by countless households and businesses, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Amazingly, the tone-deaf letter quite literally appeared to argue for putting profits before preborn human beings.
The letter from 2019, which Zoom founder Yuan signed, read (emphasis added):
Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers. 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. The future of gender equality hangs in the balance, putting our families, communities, businesses and the economy at risk.
In other words, these businesses — including Zoom — believe abortion is good for their bottom line.
Full story at Live Action.