Delta Air Lines will stay out of abortion politics, its CEO said recently as other companies announced plans to boycott Georgia over its new pro-life law.
Georgia, where Delta is based, recently passed a law protecting unborn babies from abortion after they have a detectable heartbeat. The law prompted a massive outcry from Hollywood liberals and a number of companies, many of which have said they will boycott the state.
NBC News reports Delta Air Lines will not be among them.
“This is something that the courts need to settle and resolve, not corporate America. At least for us. I can’t win,” CEO Ed Bastian said Tuesday.
“We carry 200 million people a year, we have 80,000 employees. We cannot as a company take one group and put it over another group when you’ve got such an emotional — some would say almost religious — view as to what the right answer is,” he continued.
Delta is one of the largest employers in Georgia, according to the report.
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The conservative site Red State praised the business for staying out of politics.
“This is the right approach,” the site responded. “People across this country are getting fed up with corporations needlessly inserting themselves into political debates. Even more so that that, people are getting sick and tired of progressive bullying organizations like Human Rights Campaign and the ACLU dragging these companies into these debates.”
But many other companies have waded into the political debate, including Disney, Netflix and most major news networks.
In May, Disney CEO Robert Iger told Reuters that they probably will stop filming in Georgia if its abortion ban goes into effect. Dozens of celebrities, including “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill, said they plan boycott the state as well.
The Georgia Living Infants Fairness and Equality Act would ban abortions on an unborn baby after their heartbeat is detectable, around six weeks. It would allow exceptions for rape, incest and threats to the mother’s life. In addition, the bill would allow parents to claim unborn babies as dependents on their taxes and include the unborn baby in census data. It also would allow mothers to collect child support for pregnancy and delivery costs from the father prior to the baby’s birth.
The ACLU said it will sue to block the law in court, and even most pro-life advocates expect it will succeed, at least temporarily.
Some pro-lifers have renewed hope that the new conservative-majority U.S. Supreme Court will uphold an abortion ban and overturn Roe v. Wade. Others, however, are hesitant because of concerns about losing the court battle and being forced to reimburse pro-abortion groups for their legal fees.
Recently, a federal judge blocked Kentucky’s new heartbeat bill. In January, a judge also declared Iowa’s heartbeat law unconstitutional. North Dakota and Arkansas passed heartbeat bills several years ago, but federal courts struck down their laws as well.
There is more hope that the U.S. Supreme Court may consider an abortion ban, but it is difficult to say if it would for certain