Nearly 200 CEOs sign letter against new abortion laws

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Monday, June 10, 2019

(WRDW/WAGT) -- Nearly 200 CEOs from across the business spectrum from technology, healthcare, and fashion companies have signed a letter asking state legislatures to not enact laws targeting reproductive rights.

The letter, signed by such CEOs as Twitter's Jack Dorsey and Kenneth Cole from Kenneth Cole Productions, says laws like Georgia's recent abortion law "threaten the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers."

The group of CEOs delivered the letter via a group calling themselves "Don't Ban Equality."

"Simply put, [these laws go] 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 letter said.

Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signed the "heartbeat bill" back in May, restricting abortions in the state to around the 6-week mark, or when doctors say a heartbeat can be first detected on an ultrasound.

Georgia has received blow back against the law since its signing, mostly from film production companies who are threatening to leave the state if the law is enacted in January.

So far, AMC, Netflix, and Disney all say they are "re-evaluating" their relationship with the Peach State.

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