Corporate America is not going to help save reproductive rights
Since the Lochner era, the Supreme Court’s loyalty to protecting corporate wealth has been so complete that it would be hard to believe that the conservative justices who recently chose not to stop Texas’ new law on the abortion premium, SB 8, did not consider whether their decision would be bad for business. It was the Roberts court, after all, that triggered this New Republic contributor David H. Gans called it a “First Amendment revolution” for business, which won a hefty bounty in the court’s last term. For the Conservative bloc, abandoning them now would mark an important moment of apostasy – although it may be a compromise that Trump’s judicial troika was prepared to make.
In recent days, some have expressed hope that American businesses, recognizing the economic risks as GOP-controlled legislatures across the country target reproductive rights, might find a way to step in. But the evidence for such a revolt in the electronic suite is slim. As CNN reported, the two largest ridesharing apps, Uber and Lyft, have pledged to cover the legal costs of any driver sued under SB 8 for “aiding or abetting” an abortion; Lyft also donated to Planned Parenthood. Two Texas-based dating apps have announced they will create a “rescue fund” for those wronged by the law.
These modest gestures were enough to stir New York Post Editor-in-chief Sohrab Ahmari, who warned of the overwhelming force that corporate wokesters could exert on these grand conservative designs. There is not much to justify sincere fears: as The New York Times reported, while “American Airlines and Dell Technologies, two of the state’s largest employers, were the first and vocal critics” of the Texas Republican Voter Suppression Bill, neither company commented on the abortion law. No more than two dozen other “big business” including some of “Texas’ biggest employers including AT&T, Oracle, McKesson and Phillips 66”.