On September 1st, the United States Supreme Court courageously let stand a lower federal court ruling that allowed the Texas “heartbeat law” to go into effect on the same date. According to this law, abortions are prohibited in Texas once a developing baby’s heartbeat can be detected, which is around the sixth week of a pregnancy. Significantly, under the law, private citizens can bring suit against anyone who provides or assists in the provision of an abortion after this time and can be awarded up to $10,000 plus attorneys’ fees if successful.
In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling, leftist companies and governments expectedly and immediately began to attack Texas and anyone supporting its new pro-life law:
- Website hosting providers GoDaddy.com and Epik both shut down a Texas Right to Life website that allowed individuals to provide the names of people alleged to have violated the law.
- The rideshare companies Uber and Lyft announced they were establishing defense funds to protect any of their drivers who are sued under the law. Lyft went even further by announcing that it was donating $1 million to Planned Parenthood. Salesforce.com announced that it will pay for the relocation of any of its Texas-based employees who want to leave the state due the heartbeat law.
- Video-game developer TripWire forced its CEO to step down after he tweeted his support for the Supreme Court ruling.
- The liberal bastion of Portland, Oregon, whose lawless streets are being terrorized by Antifa, considered banning city employees from travelling to Texas on official business or prohibiting the purchase of any goods or services from Texas.
- The leftist Democratic governor of New York promised to help transport Texas women to New York for abortions.
- Fifty-two leftist companies–including Yelp, Ben and Jerry’s, Patagonia, and The Body Shop–issued an open letter entitled “Don’t Ban Equality in Texas”, attacking abortion restrictions in Texas and elsewhere.
- The radical leaders of the Texas-based dating apps Bumble and Match (the parent of Tinder), set up funds to help pay for the expenses of their Texas-based employees who seek abortions out of state due to the new law. In one of the most ironic statements ever issued, the CEO of Bumble tweeted that “Bumble is women-founded and women-led, and from day one we have stood up for the most vulnerable.” If there is anything more vulnerable than an innocent baby fighting for its life in its mother’s womb, I do not know of it.
When it comes to diversity of action and thought, the Left is all for them; but only if they support the leftist point of view. Run afoul of radical dogma, and the Left will do all it can to crush you.
It is time for conservative Americans to invest the time to learn more about which companies and governments are actively opposing us and which are supporting us, and then to act accordingly. Maybe we should avoid using Lyft or Uber the next time we need a ride, and take a taxi instead. Maybe we should plan our next vacation to the great conservative states of Texas or Florida instead of to the liberal domains of California or New York. And we should tell our family and friends to do the same. We need to put our money where our mouth is. Our conservative allies—and, more importantly, our unborn babies—are counting on us.