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In It to Win It

(8,647 posts)
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 05:38 PM Nov 2023

Texas businesses say abortion ban costs state nearly $15 billion a year

Texas businesses say abortion ban costs state nearly $15 billion a year


AUSTIN (Nexstar) — 40 Texas companies and business leaders are entering the fight against Texas’ abortion ban, filing a brief with the Texas Supreme Court that argues the “ambiguity” in the laws medical exceptions cost the state an estimated $14.5 billion in lost revenue every year.

Austin-based dating app giant Bumble is leading the effort, submitting an amicus brief ahead of the high court’s arguments in Zurwaski v. Texas. Lead plaintiff Amanda Zurwaski is challenging the state’s abortion ban after she nearly died of sepsis due to a pregnancy complication. She says the Texas abortion ban’s vague medical exceptions prevented her doctor from providing a medically necessary abortion until she had nearly died.

“We feel it’s our duty not just to provide our workforce with access to reproductive health care, but to speak out – and speak loudly – against the retrogression of women’s rights,” Bumble founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd said. “Texas’s confusing medical exceptions increase business costs, drive away talent, and threaten workforce diversity and well-being.”

Dozens of other companies signed onto the brief, including South by Southwest, Zilker Properties, ATX Television Festival, and Central Presbyterian Church.
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Texas businesses say abortion ban costs state nearly $15 billion a year (Original Post) In It to Win It Nov 2023 OP
These are not our father's Republicans BootOutTheGoons Nov 2023 #1
what they are azureblue Nov 2023 #11
You are right BootOutTheGoons Nov 2023 #12
Control of women's bodies. Turbineguy Nov 2023 #2
They're not even paying to raise all the unwanted children, yet. lindysalsagal Nov 2023 #3
I guess hitting them in the pocketbook might work. littlemissmartypants Nov 2023 #4
Maybe so. ShazzieB Nov 2023 #10
I think you're on to something, SB. ❤️ littlemissmartypants Nov 2023 #15
🦵 kick Demovictory9 Nov 2023 #5
Oops PortTack Nov 2023 #6
I've been boycotting Texas for years now. ArkansasDemocrat1 Nov 2023 #7
One way hildegaard28 Nov 2023 #8
If being in Texas hurts their business enough, they probably will have to pull out eventally. ShazzieB Nov 2023 #14
And that's just one state. TX's accounting across the other 13 states could double that cost. ancianita Nov 2023 #9
Think about all the people and companies that quietly avoid Texas Sky Jewels Nov 2023 #13
I know it's been said for decades. Still, it is true that eventually this shit won't fly any more. David__77 Nov 2023 #16
K&R UTUSN Nov 2023 #17

azureblue

(2,210 posts)
11. what they are
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 08:31 PM
Nov 2023

is the American Taliban - forcing their religious laws on every body else, and barely adhering to them, themselves.
That is all the anti abortion, anti trans and anti gay crap is about - religious dogma.
I have often wondered what would happen if a Christian group, decides that eating pork, shellfish, having tattoos, and wearing two types of cloth at the same time, plus lying, are floggable sins. And they marched into an iHop and started beating people who were eating breakfast. Can they, like these clods, force their religious values on others?

BootOutTheGoons

(210 posts)
12. You are right
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 08:35 PM
Nov 2023

They are more interested in forcing their religion, hate and bigotry on others. Their idea of liberty is to take it from others. They value hurting others over grabbing more money.

They almost make me miss the republicans of yesteryear. Not quite but almost

lindysalsagal

(21,099 posts)
3. They're not even paying to raise all the unwanted children, yet.
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 05:44 PM
Nov 2023

Wait till they require food, housing, education, Healthcare, possibly foster care, juvenile courts, legal representation, employment....

littlemissmartypants

(23,475 posts)
4. I guess hitting them in the pocketbook might work.
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 05:45 PM
Nov 2023

Considering that the moral argument of providing women life saving health care doesn't seem to faze them.

ShazzieB

(17,225 posts)
10. Maybe so.
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 08:30 PM
Nov 2023

Republicans are very fund of money, after all.

One thing that might really help would be if all the companies losing money in Texas start withholding any campaign contributions to Texas Republican politicians that they might normally make. If money talks, campaign contribution money screams!

ArkansasDemocrat1

(1,722 posts)
7. I've been boycotting Texas for years now.
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 07:00 PM
Nov 2023

I don't travel thru there for any reason. No AirBnB, no concerts, no eating out while there. No theme parks. Nothing. Texas doesn't get a penny from me.

hildegaard28

(394 posts)
8. One way
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 07:09 PM
Nov 2023

We could split the Republican voters on this is by appealing to their fiscal conservatism. Legal abortion if fiscally conservative because it keeps more people off of welfare. Separate the religious/social conservatives from the fiscal conservatives, and we have an opening.

And if these companies were really serious about abortion hurting their businesses, they should just take their business out of Texas. Texas poached many businesses with the lure of low taxes and lax regulations. Now is the chance for blue states to return the favor.

ShazzieB

(17,225 posts)
14. If being in Texas hurts their business enough, they probably will have to pull out eventally.
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 08:37 PM
Nov 2023

The keyword, of course, being "enough."

In the meantime, I'm happy that some of these companies are taking a stand. It gas to start somewhere.

Sky Jewels

(7,348 posts)
13. Think about all the people and companies that quietly avoid Texas
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 08:35 PM
Nov 2023

because of their extreme rightwing women-hating policies. I was privy to a conversation of young women Gen Z recent college grads. They were discussing a friend who had moved to Austin and commenting that, even though Austin is a relatively sane oasis, they would never, ever consider moving there because it's still Texas and it's still under Abbott and the Christofascist Taliban rule.

There are untold opportunities and lucrative projects that that state has lost out on without even knowing it.

David__77

(23,811 posts)
16. I know it's been said for decades. Still, it is true that eventually this shit won't fly any more.
Mon Nov 20, 2023, 09:20 PM
Nov 2023

Someday, they'll lose power there and there will be a sort of freakout on the right.

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