Red State‘s Brandon Morse wrote earlier this week about 180 CEOs – including Twitter’s Jack Dorsey and Bloomberg chair Peter Grauer – who signed on to a “Don’t Ban Equality” campaign that is designed to put economic pressure on conservative states to stop passing pro-life legislation.
A refresher, via Fox Business:
The letter, which appeared as a full-page ad in the Monday edition of The New York Times under the titled “Don’t Ban Equality,” Opens a New Window. called on companies to “stand up for reproductive health care.” CEOs from media, fashion, beauty, food and tech companies were among those listed as signatories.
“Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers,” the letter stated. “Simply put, it goes against our values, and is bad for business.”
Delta Air Lines is one of the largest employers in Georgia, but the airline’s chief executive said Tuesday the company will not take a stand on the state’s restrictive abortion law, which other corporate leaders have called “bad for business.”
“This is something that the courts need to settle and resolve, not corporate America. At least for us. I can’t win,” Delta Air Lines Chief Executive Officer Ed Bastian said at Recode’s annual Code Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“We carry 200 million people a year, we have 80,000 employees. We cannot as a company take one group and put it over another group when you’ve got such an emotional — some would say almost religious — view as to what the right answer is,” he said.
This is the right approach. People across this country are getting fed up with corporations needlessly inserting themselves into political debates. Even more so that that, people are getting sick and tired of progressive bullying organizations like Human Rights Campaign and the ACLU dragging these companies into these debates.
Perhaps Delta learned their lessons on the “can’t win” drawbacks of corporate activism after what happened to them in the aftermath of their decision to cut ties with the NRA last year under pressure from gun control groups.
Delta’s decision not to get involved in the abortion debate will likely rankle leftists like abortion absolutist and actress Alyssa Milano, but if so it wouldn’t be the first time in recent weeks they’ve gotten on the left’s bad side. Just last month, Democrats were outraged over Delta fliers that made the air line’s anti-union stance crystal clear.
In the “good deeds” department, Delta recently provided free tickets to Alaska and Hawaii for Rodney Smith, Jr. of “Raising Men” lawn care service, who had a goal of mowing lawns (for free) for the elderly, handicapped, disabled, and veterans in all 50 states. With those tickets, Smith was able to reach his goal.
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