Corporations supporting the legislators behind a total abortion ban in Ohio
One of the top corporate donors to the co-sponsors of the proposed abortion ban in Ohio is Nationwide. Since 2018, Nationwide has donated $30,500 to 19 co-sponsors of the legislation. The donations stand in contrast to Nationwide’s carefully crafted public image as a supporter of women’s rights. In a March 2021 release celebrating Women’s History Month, Nationwide said the company seeks “to advance equity for all” and “inspire hope and change for women at Nationwide and beyond.” Nationwide has repeatedly sponsored a “Women’s Empowerment Brunch.”
Pfizer boasts that it “celebrat[es] and empower[s] women,” but, since 2018, it has donated $9,550 to 17 co-sponsors of Ohio’s abortion ban. Pfizer also manufactures an abortion drug. Health insurer Anthem says it strives to “empower women within our own organization and in the communities we serve” but, since 2018, it has donated $6,500 to six co-sponsors of Ohio’s abortion abortion ban.
Johnson & Johnson says it has been “championing women…since our founding more than 130 years ago.” The company says that it is essential to give women “the freedom to pursue their passions,” adding that “[c]aring for women in our global community will fuel the future of human health.” Yet, the company has donated $5,400 to nine co-sponsors of Ohio’s abortion ban.
UnitedHealth Group promotes itself as a champion of women’s equality but, in the last three years, it has donated $6,000 to two co-sponsors of Ohio’s abortion ban.These corporations back the sponsors of an Ohio abortion ban that’s more extreme than Texas – by Judd Legum, Tesnim Zekeria, and Rebecca Crosby – Popular Information