Companies who donated to texas abortion bill, cosponsored ban law

The money in politics: These firms are major contributors to pro-abortion groups in Texas.

It's been a week since Texas' abortion ban went into effect, barring all abortions after around six weeks, yet few prominent firms have come out publicly against it.

According to a recent analysis by Popular Information, several of the nation's largest firms were among the top funders to legislators who sponsored the bill.

Companies who donated to texas abortion bill, cosponsored ban law
Pro-choice and pro-life activists demonstrate on the steps of the United States Supreme Court on June 27, 2016. Companies that donated to lawmakers who co-sponsored the Texas abortion law have been identified.

Although the gifts were not specifically designated for anti-abortion legislation, the study discovered that many of the same firms advertise themselves as defenders of women's rights. According to Judd Legum of Popular Information, the research focuses exclusively on the bill's 22 key sponsors, as identified on followthemoney.org.

AT&T is a major contributor to the sponsors of Texas' abortion restriction, dubbed SB 8. Since 2018, AT&T has donated $301,000 to the sponsors of Senate Bill 8. According to Popular Information, CEO John Stankey stated in AT&T's 2020 Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion Report that one of the company's "fundamental values" is "gender equity and women's empowerment."

Students demonstrate in front of the Texas Capitol
Students demonstrate in front of the Texas Capitol building in Austin, Texas, United States, on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, against the state's new law essentially prohibiting abortion beyond six weeks. Senate Bill 8, SB8, which effectively prohibits abortions after six weeks in Texas, took effect on Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Outside the Texas Capitol, the Austin Students for a Democratic Society and the Feminist Action Project organized and held a protest against the new law's implementation.

Other significant corporate donors to the sponsors of SB 8—which allows anyone to sue anyone who assists a woman in obtaining an abortion in Texas and receive $10,000—include Charter Communications, which donated $313,000, USAA, which donated $152,000, Farmers Insurance, which donated $120,000, United Healthcare, which donated $90,000, health insurer Anthem, which donated $87,250, and General Motors, which donated nothing.

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