Tell these 6 companies that they can’t claim to support women while donating to GOP legislators!

No more business as usual. We now have the tools to keep track of you.

There was once a line that the forced-birthers were traditionally reluctant to cross – their bills didn’t target women directly – instead they focused on onerous requirements for clinics and medical professionals. Texas then upped the ante by putting a bounty on those who aid women get abortions after 6 weeks. Missouri is now trying to extend the concept beyond their state’s borders and Idaho responded to the criticism of strangers suing strangers by allowing only family members, including those of rapists, to sue abortion providers. However heinous these bills are, they still concentrate on trapping women into carrying a fetus to term by removing their support system.

Texas has crossed that line with a bill targeting women directly – the logical extension of all GOP rhetoric. TX Rep. Bryan Slaton’s bill, filed last year, would “abolish and criminalize abortions, leaving women and physicians who perform the procedure to face criminal charges that could carry the death penalty,” with no exceptions for rape and incest. It’s only a matter of time before this becomes the model that other red states emulate.

Action – send six emails – Samples included

Judd Legum of Popular Information put out a new article about six companies who claim to be pro-woman while giving loads to money to lawmakers who’ve sponsored awful abortion bills in Idaho, Arizona, and Oklahoma, Florida, Texas, etc.

PLEASE PERSONALIZE letters to these corporations if you can to sound like you. If you click on a “click to send” link, a preconfigured letter from Chop Wood, Carry Water will appear in your email, which you can alter freely. (If click-to-sends don’t work for you on your computer, try using your phone without a VPN). Or you can copy the emails for each company and riff on our models below or start from scratch.

CVS

Send your email to CEO Karen Lynch – President and Chief Executive Officer Karen.Lynch@CVSHealth.com

Dear Ms. Lynch, and all CVS leadership:

You may delude yourself that there are two sides to every issue and that giving donations to both major parties is not only good for business, but scrupulously fair as well. However, your company has already taken a side. In celebration of Women’s History Month, CVS tweeted that it is “dedicated to achieving #GenderEquity both in our workforce and within the communities we serve.” CVS also specifically boasts about its commitment to women’s healthcare. In 2021, CVS tweeted: “We’re working together to support the unique health needs of women at every age,” stating that the company’s “overall mission is to make care more accessible, more affordable, more personal, and more local.” 

Perhaps you’ve forgotten how allyship works for actual humans. Allies for women’s’ rights do not financially aid those who would strip a woman of sovereignty over her body and the path she chooses. Your company, however, has donated $27,600 to legislators pushing abortion bans across the country, including 17 co-sponsors of 15-week abortion bans in Florida and Arizona, and 17 co-sponsors of 6-week abortion bans in Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Idaho. according to Popular Information. These bans negate our reproductive rights, our autonomy over our own bodies, take away our constitutional protections and make us subject to the demands of state legislators and religious zealots. 

Seeing how misogynistic bills spread like cancer from state to state, you may soon find that you are not just supporting a party’s cruelly short abortion limits, but bounty hunts on caregivers, and even, like in Texas, legislation that proposes to criminalize women who have abortions, with both the potential for jail sentences and the death penalty. This progression should not come as a surprise. This is the natural conclusion of the extremist legislators buoyed by your financial support.

In every war, there are collaborators, and in the GOP’s war on women, your company is already complicit in terrifying them and may become morally responsible in the future for jailing and executing them. There aren’t two sides for an ally in this issue and your donations are public record and are being carefully monitored. Your company’s name will be tagged with every public violation of a woman’s human rights.

I ask you, as a self-professed ally, to publicly condemn these types of bills, reaffirm your commitment to women’s rights, and state unequivocally that you will no longer support members of the GOP at any level. Until then, I will encourage everyone I know to not only choose a company’s product, but to educate friends, families and businesses serving your products what your company really stands for.

Thank you.

Anheuser Busch

Anheuser Busch click to send or use these addresses: brendan.whitworth@ab-inbev.com, cesarvargas.consulting@gmail.com.

Dear Brendan Whitworth, Cesar Vargas, and all Anheuser-Busch leadership:

You may delude yourself that there are two sides to every issue and that giving donations to both major parties is not only good for business, but scrupulously fair as well. However, your company has already taken a side. In March, Women’s History Month, Anheuser-Busch boasted of its commitment to women, touting how proud the company is “to celebrate and support women every day.”

Perhaps you’ve forgotten how allyship works for actual humans. Allies for womens’ rights do not financially aid those who would strip a woman of sovereignty over her body and the path she chooses. Your company, however, has donated $15,000 to 34 co-sponsors of Idaho’s 6-week abortion ban, according to Popular Information. These bans negate our reproductive rights, our autonomy over our own bodies, take away our constitutional protections and make us subject to the demands of state legislators and religious zealots. 

Seeing how misogynistic bills spread like cancer from state to state, you may soon find that you are not just supporting a party’s cruelly short abortion limits, but bounty hunts on caregivers, and even, like in Texas, legislation that proposes to criminalize women who have abortions, with both the potential for jail sentences and the death penalty. This progression should not come as a surprise. This is the natural conclusion of the extremist legislators buoyed by your financial support.

In every war, there are collaborators, and in the GOP’s war on women, your company is already complicit in terrifying them and may become morally responsible in the future for jailing and executing them. There aren’t two sides for an ally in this issue and your donations are public record and are being carefully monitored. Your company’s name will be tagged with every public violation of a woman’s human rights.

I ask you, as a self-professed ally, to publicly condemn these types of bills, reaffirm your commitment to women’s rights, and state unequivocally that you will no longer support members of the GOP at any level. Until then, I will encourage everyone I know to not only choose a company’s product, but to educate friends, families and businesses serving your products what your company really stands for.

Thank you.

United Healthcare

United Healthcare click-to-send or use these addresses: kirsten.gorsuch@uhc.com, brian_thompson@uhc.com

Dear Brian Thompson, Kirsten Gorsuch, and all United Health leadership:

You may delude yourself that there are two sides to every issue and that giving donations to both major parties is not only good for business, but scrupulously fair as well. However, your company has taken a side as an ally of women’s rights. In March, Women’s History Month, UHC boasts of its commitment to women, as it pledged to “encourage and empower the women in our workplace and our lives and promote equality for all women.”

Perhaps you’ve forgotten how allyship works for actual humans. Allies do not financially aid those who would strip a woman of sovereignty over her body and the path she chooses. Your company, however, has donated at least $23,500 since 2020 to state legislators pushing abortion bans, including 8 co-sponsors of a 15-week abortion ban in Arizona and 12 co-sponsors of 6-week abortion bans in Idaho and Oklahoma, according to Popular Information. These bans negate our reproductive rights, our autonomy over our own bodies, take away our constitutional protections and make us subject to the demands of state legislators and religious zealots. 

Seeing how misogynistic bills spread like cancer from state to state, you may soon find that you are not just supporting a party’s cruelly short abortion limits, but bounty hunts on caregivers, and even, like in Texas, legislation that proposes to criminalize women who have abortions, with both the potential for jail sentences and the death penalty. This progression should not come as a surprise. This is the natural conclusion of the extremist legislators buoyed by your financial support.

In every war, there are collaborators, and in the GOP’s war on women, your company is already complicit in terrifying them and may become morally responsible in the future for jailing and executing them. There aren’t two sides for an ally in this issue and your donations are public record and are being carefully monitored. Your company’s name will be tagged with every public violation of a woman’s human rights.

I ask you, as a self-professed ally and as a purported health care company, to publicly condemn these types of bills, reaffirm your commitment to women’s rights, and state unequivocally that you will no longer support members of the GOP at any level. Until then, I will encourage everyone I know to choose a different health insurance company until you do.

Thank you.

Comcast

Comcast click-to-send, or use these addresses: andrew_cleland@comcast.com, steve_white@comcast.com, audit_committee_chair@comcast.com, steve_white@cable.comcast.com, sam_lancaster@comcast.com

Dear Andrew Cleland, Steve White, Sam Lancaster, and the entire Comcast Board of Directors: 

You may delude yourself that there are two sides to every issue and that giving donations to both major parties is not only good for business, but scrupulously fair as well. However, your company has already taken a side as an ally by boasting of your commitment to women. Three years ago, Comcast/NBC Universal spoke out for women’s rights and against a Georgia law that would have banned abortions once a fetal heartbeat was detected (normally about six weeks into pregnancy).”If any of these laws are upheld,” you announced, “It would strongly impact our decision-making on where we produce our content in the future.” 

Perhaps you’ve forgotten how allyship works for actual humans. Allies do not financially aid those who would strip a woman of sovereignty over her body and the path she chooses. Since 2020, Popular Information reported that Comcast/NBC Universal took a huge chunk of financial content—at least $124,000—and gave it to 38 co-sponsors of Florida’s 15-week abortion ban. These bans negate our reproductive rights, our autonomy over our own bodies, take away our constitutional protections and make us subject to the demands of state legislators and religious zealots. 

Seeing how misogynistic bills spread like cancer from state to state, you may soon find that you are not just supporting a party’s cruelly short abortion limits, but bounty hunts on caregivers, and even, like in Texas, legislation that proposes to criminalize women who have had abortions, with both the potential for jail sentences and the death penalty. This progression should not come as a surprise. This is the natural conclusion of the extremist legislators buoyed by your financial support.

In every war, there are collaborators, and in the GOP’s war on women, your company is already complicit in terrifying them and may become morally responsible in the future for jailing and executing them. There aren’t two sides for an ally in this issue and your donations are public record and are being carefully monitored. Your company’s name will be tagged with every public violation of a woman’s human rights.

I ask you, as a self-profesed ally, to publicly condemn these types of bills, reaffirm your commitment to women’s rights, and state unequivocally that you will no longer support members of the GOP in any way, at any level. Period.

Thank you.

Merck

Merck click-to-send or use this email: michael_klobuchar@merck.com

Dear Michael Klobuchar and all Merck leadership:

You may delude yourself that there are two sides to every issue and that giving donations to both major parties is not only good for business, but scrupulously fair. However, your company has already taken a side as an ally by boasting of your commitment to women. “When we empower [women] with agency and give them the opportunity to create their own path in life,” said your spokesperson Carmen Villar, “we empower not only the individual, but her entire community.”

Perhaps you’ve forgotten how allyship works for actual humans. Allies do not give money to those who would strip a woman of sovereignty over her body and the path she chooses. Therefore, we’d like an explanation why, according to Popular Information, your company has donated at least $44,000 since 2020 to 38 co-sponsors of 15-week abortion bans in Florida and West Virginia and one co-sponsor of a 6-week abortion ban in Tennessee. These bans negate our reproductive rights, our autonomy over our own bodies, take away our constitutional protections and make us subject to the demands of state legislators and religious zealots. 

Seeing how misogynistic bills spread like cancer from state to state, you may soon find that you are not just supporting a party of religious extremists that proposes cruelly short abortion limits, but bounty hunts on caregivers and even, like in Texas, proposed legislation that would criminalize women who have had abortions, with both the potential for jail sentences and the death penalty. This progression should not come as a surprise. This is the natural conclusion of the extremist legislators buoyed by your financial support.

In every war, there are collaborators, and in the GOP’s war on women, Merck is already complicit in terrifying them and may become morally responsible in the future for jailing and executing them. There aren’t two sides for an ally in this issue and your donations are public record and are being carefully monitored. Your company’s name will be tagged with every public violation of a woman’s human rights.

I ask you, as a self-professed ally, to publicly condemn these types of legislation, reaffirm your commitment to women’s rights, and state unequivocally that you will no longer support members of the GOP at any level. Period.

Thank you.

AT&T

AT&T click-to-send or use these email addresses: megan.ketterer@att.com, david.mcatee@att.com, edwardwgillespie@yahoo.com, john.stankey@att.com

Dear John Stankey, Megan Ketterer, David McAfee, Edward Gillespie and all AT&T leadership:

You may delude yourself that there are two sides to every issue and that giving donations to both major parties is not only good for business, but scrupulously fair as well. However, AT&T already has taken a side by boasting of your commitment to women – that your core values are “gender equity and the empowerment of women,” proclaiming yourself “an ally” that will advocate and honor women.” Perhaps you’ve forgotten how allyship works for actual humans. Allies do not give money to those who would strip a woman of sovereignty over her body, and they certainly don’t give money to a party whose members would propose incarcerating executing women who choose to have abortions, like currently proposed in Texas.

According to reputable media source Popular Information, you’ve donated $42,850 to state lawmakers behind abortion bans in Arizona, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Idaho, and Florida. Your donations are expressions of support, not to women, but rather to the predominantly white men pushing 15-week abortion bans in FL and AZ, and 6-week abortion bans in TN, OK, and ID.

Worse yet, you have also donated more than $300,000 to the co-sponsors of Texas’ abortion ban, which has inspired similar unconstitutional bounty hunts against health care providers in several other states. At the time, an AT&T spokesperson told CNBC that the company “has never taken a position on the issue of abortion, and the Texas legislation was no exception.” Seriously? Your donations were both a position and approval all wrapped up in one toxic package that is already irreparably harming women, especially women of color. These bans negate our reproductive rights, our autonomy over our own bodies, take away our constitutional protections and make us subject to the demands of state legislators and religious zealots. 

And now your donations support a party whose Texas branch is creating laws that lead to incarceration, or the death penalty of both women and health care workers. This is not a surprise. This is the natural conclusion of the religious zealots and extremist legislators buoyed by your financial support.

In every war, there are collaborators, and in the GOP’s war on women, AT&T is already complicit in terrifying and harming them and may, in the future, become morally responsible for jailing and executing them. There aren’t two sides for an ally in this issue and your donations are public record and being carefully monitored. Your company’s name will be tagged with every public violation of a woman’s human rights.

I ask you, as a self-professed ally, to publicly condemn this type of legislation, reaffirm your commitment to women’s rights, and state unequivocally that you will no longer provide financial support to any member of the GOP, at any level.

Thank you.

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