‘Shocked’: Bill Gates and Entrepreneurs Respond to Roe v. wade
The United States is facing a huge abortion rights decision and business owners are speaking out.
On Tuesday, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts upheld the authenticity of a leaked draft of a court ruling suggesting the court will vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case that established women’s right to abortion.
“We believe that Roe and Casey should be vacated,” Associate Judge Samuel Alito wrote in the document, referring to a second ruling that reaffirmed Roe. “It is time to respect the Constitution and return the question of abortion to the elected representatives of the people.”
Alito refers to the power regarding legal abortions passing from the federal legislatures to the states. In more than two dozen conservative states, lawmakers have prepared bills that would effectively ban abortion if the ruling is overturned. If the Court adopts the opinion expressed in the bill, it would pave the way for these bills to quickly become law.
This is an important time for employers, as many support their female employees’ decisions regarding their health care, including reproductive rights. Companies such as Yelp, Salesforce, Citigroup and Bumble have already announced plans to help employees cover their spouse’s expenses to travel out of state for abortion care. It’s likely that if the decision is reversed, other companies could follow suit.
Here’s how entrepreneurs and other business leaders are reacting on Twitter and elsewhere to the developing story:
Billionaire Bill Gates, founder of Redmond, Washington-based software giant Microsoft, was “shocked” by the news and says he supports women’s right to health care.
Founder of Girls Who Code, a New York-based organization seeking to increase the number of women in IT, Reshma Saujani notes that companies should get involved in the decision. She also offers advice to companies wishing to help their female employees.
The outspoken founder of Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Backstage Capital shared a video of a valedictorian from her high school taking a stand on women’s rights and sharing her own personal experience. Hamilton says she still can’t believe how brave this teenager was and is helping her pay for her education.
The founder and CEO of Milwaukee-based recruiting firm Newance said Inc.. that she is trying to find the best way to provide space and support to those grieving this news.
“Working through grief and exhaustion only accumulates what I consider an energy debt, the kind of debt we pay off later in momentum and morale,” Daering says. She also says her company has asked employees not to use Slack as an event news channel because she wants teams to be “respectful of each other’s boundaries in how we consume and process information as people.” ‘people”.
The San Francisco-based SlideShare founder, a creator of professional content such as presentations, infographics and documents, shared the decision and predicted it was just the start of the fight for abortion rights .
Founder and CEO of New York-based Designed By Usk, a civic media and public service design cooperative, Joanna Peña-Bickley, urges people to focus on the midterm elections. She also called on people to register to vote to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, federal legislation that, if passed, will protect the right to access abortion care in the states. -United.
The founder of Lafayette, Louisiana-based Moms Demand, a grassroots movement seeking solutions to gun violence, has called on women to become more active in all forms of government, now more than ever .