Abortion ban could hit Georgia’s economy – CBS 46 News

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Atlanta, Georgia (CBS46) – According to Wes Longhofer, an associate professor at Emory University, abortion in Georgia isn’t just a political or social issue. Longhofer warned that this has also become a commercial problem.

“Companies don’t want to get involved in these controversial debates, but expectations are rising,” Longhofer said.

Longhofer warned that Georgia’s booming business could take a hit if the state passed a “heartbeat law” to make abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy illegal.

“Employees are looking for companies that are socially focused and have their best interests at heart,” he said. “You want to recruit talent? Do you want to bring companies to Georgia? These companies – companies outside of the company – and this talent are looking for your approach.”

Some companies have responded to the decision by re-evaluating the healthcare provided to their employees.

Josh Rosmeisel, founder of Atlanta-based entertainment company Your Three Spot, said his team is reviewing its benefits package to include support for employees whose access to abortion is at risk.

The company has employees nationwide and is considering paid vacation, travel and lodging reimbursement for team members who cannot access local abortion treatments.

“You built our company. You build our brand. They are our be-all and end-all,” said Rosmisl. “If they want a win, we’ll find out.”

Rossmeisl acknowledges that the company’s strong stance might put some customers off, but tries hard to support its employees.

“If someone wants to see what we’re doing and what it means for our team, and it’s against our business, I don’t chase them,” he said.

Longhofer believes other companies will take similar action if Georgia’s Heartbeat Bill is passed.

Dozens of international companies such as Apple, Uber and Netflix are already offering benefits packages to help employees travel abroad for pregnancy-related procedures. However, this will not help most of the women affected by the High Court’s decision.

“Most women affected by restrictive policies don’t work for these companies, whether they are young women, low-income workers, contract workers, non-profit workers, or state and federal employees,” Longhofer said.