Texas strict abortion companies are targeting companies that paid the bill’s sponsors, hoping consumers will put pressure on corporate America to join the fight.
Television and digital advertising began last week with Corporate Accountability Action and American Bridge 21st Century, the Democratic Party’s opposition research arm, highlighting AT&T’s partnership with Texas Republican lawmakers. There are plans to expand the campaign to Florida, where similar abortions are proposed.
Proponents of abortion rights in Texas are facing the toughest abortion laws in the country’s most populous states, as well as a wave of conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court and GOP lawmakers who want Let their states be next. Democrats and their allies are looking for new ways to alleviate frustration.
“This is a moment in our country where there is no middle ground. You really can’t live on the spot,” said Cecil Richards, former president of Planned Parenthood and current co-chairman of American Bridge 21st Century.
Texas law has drastically reduced the number of abortions, forcing clinics to find hundreds of women and patients in other states seeking procedures, which has created a growing backlog.
There were about two dozen abortion clinics in Texas after a federal judge overturned the law Wednesday, according to the Center for Reproductive Rights. But late Friday, an appeals court allowed the sanctions to be reintroduced for further arguments. The Biden administration, which filed the lawsuit, has until Tuesday to respond.
Advertising in Texas is aimed at AT&T, which Corporate Accountability Action has donated to about 22,225 lawmakers in the past two years who have sponsored the initiative. The Dallas-based telecom company also donated thousands to Democratic lawmakers.
In Florida, the group is criticizing corporations such as Walt Disney for donating 26 262,000 to more than two dozen lawmakers who have supported abortion in the past two years. NABC Universal paid those lawmakers 83 83,500, and in Texas some 88 88,000, the CAA found.
AT&T said it was a statement that it did not take a stand on the issue of abortion, nor did the Senate ratify the law, known as Bill 8, and paid lawmakers on both sides.
Representatives from NBC and Walt Disney, who have also donated to Democrats at other times, did not immediately comment on the emails.
The two groups eventually plan to expand the campaign to dozens of states where lawmakers have said they want to model their laws based on the Texas initiative.
Texas bans abortion once heart activity is detected, usually about six weeks, before many women know they are pregnant. Extraordinary law enforcement procedures prevented it from being blocked by the Supreme Court: private citizens, not the state, have the power to enforce the law through a civil suit that could make them net ڈالر 10,000.
Putting pressure on corporations to get support and business from states that pass controversial laws has some record of success. North Carolina lost کاروبار 3.76 billion in business after passing a law that barred transgender people from using the bathroom that identified them in 2016.
This year, the effect was more muted on the GOP-backed electoral reform bill, which critics called an attempt to stifle the Democratic vote. Republicans like Georgia’s Brian Camp have been caught up in the move, even after the decision to move Major League Baseball’s 2021 All-Star Game out of Atlanta.
Some companies, including customer management firm Sales Force, dating app Bumble and ride healing companies Uber and Left, backed out of Texas abortion law after it was enacted a month ago.
But that didn’t stop Tesla CEO Elon Musk from announcing Thursday that he would move the electric carmaker’s headquarters from the San Francisco Bay Area to the Teken Center and the Texas capital, Austin.
The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday, but on September 2, Musk tweeted that he believed “the government should seldom impose its will on the people, and, while doing so, “I would like to stay out of politics,” he said.
The anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life pointed out that donor companies cannot support everything the candidates stand for. Spokeswoman Kimberlyn Schwartz said: “We hope that the people of Texas and the companies in Texas will not bow to the ‘cancellation of culture.’
Abortion rights activists say the companies he is calling for are backing politicians whose positions conflict with public messages that the corporation uses to attract customers.
“You can’t say ‘women’s empowerment’ on the one hand, and on the other hand, your political funds are going to people who are actually empowering women,” Richard said. It’s too late. ”