“Corporate America declines to comment on Texas abortion ban,” sighs the Financial Times.
“Corporate America’s Response to Texas Abortion Law? Silence,” bemoans The Daily Beast.
“Where is the business backlash on Texas’s abortion law?” demands Fortune.
You can almost feel the exasperation through your screen, the palpable outrage. “How dare these corporations be so disloyal?!” Over the Texas abortion law, “woke capital” has not quite reared its ugly head – more like a slight nod. So far, activist corporations have exercised uncharacteristic restraint, only able to muster toothless complaints where there was once the threat of mass boycotts. Since Governor Abbot signed the law, this is all the punishment woke capital has conjured:
- The web hosting company GoDaddy dropped support for a site that allowed citizens to post tips about possible violations of the law.
- Ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber announced they would cover legal fees for their drivers who may be sued under the new law.
- Lyft said they would donate $1 million to Planned Parenthood.
- Dating sites Bumble and Match said they would launch a “relief fund.”
That’s how CNN summarized the corporate response to the law, which bans most abortions after 6 weeks. Because our culture has the attention span of a particularly scatterbrained goldfish, it may not be immediately obvious just how muted the corporate backlash has been by historical standards. Past attempts by state legislatures to put any limitation whatsoever on abortion were quickly followed with denouncements and the threat of boycotts by corporate management.