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Ok about this whole #Georgia boycott. Any state that passes laws that endanger women's reproductive freedom also endangers their health. We all know this, no matter how much the forced birth advocates want to pretend that isn't true. #StopTheBans
Any employer that will consider doing business in Georgia has to consider the risk to any female employees that they will send there.
An ectopic pregnancy, even a miscarriage, can be fatal if it isn't treated because they detect a heartbeat.
In Ireland, Savita Halappanavar died of an untreated miscarriage that turned into sepsis because doctors could still detect a heartbeat. Her death galvanized Irish citizens to overturn their draconian abortion laws. American States are now working overtime to pass them.
People have called for a boycott of these states, and people like @staceyabrams have argued that boycotts will only hurt the poor who are already being hurt by their government. All of this is true. But as a business owner, I have to think about more than just money.
I have to think about the safety of the people who are working for me. I can't put anyone's life at risk for a business. Anyone who thinks this is just about money or judging Southerners isn't really thinking about the implications of these laws.
Businesses need to be able to plan over the course of a year. The Georgia law goes into effect Jan 1st, 2020. That's less than a calendar year, and I can't trust that legal challenges to the law will keep people that work for me safe.
I can't trust that a few prosecutors refusing to enforce the laws will keep people safe. I couldn't trust a state that passed such a law even if every doctor and every prosecutor refused to honor the law. It is far safer to just cancel forced-birth states and go somewhere safe.
Directors and showrunners that are pulling out of anti-choice states are being sensible. This isn't just about abstract freedoms, this is about physical safety. I can't count on airlifting an employee to a friendly state in a medical emergency.
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