On May 3rd, 2022, a leaked draft opinion by Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr. indicated the Supreme Court’s potential to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision—the case decision that enabled the constitutional right to choose reproductive services in the United States. And, as recent as May 11th, 2022, the Senate failed to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act—an attempt to codify Roe v. Wade.
Restrictions to reproductive healthcare have historically been used to silence and restrict women and continue to impact individuals of all genders and identities. At this time, no official decision has been issued by the Supreme Court, which means it is time to speak up.
If this opinion draft becomes reality, 26 states could quickly move to ban abortion—some able to do so immediately. Over 36 million Americans will lose their reproductive right to choose the best healthcare for themselves and their families. This decision would also disproportionately impact underrepresented groups in the U.S.: 5.7 million Hispanic or Latino people; 5.3 million Black people; 1.1 million Asian people; and roughly 340,000 American Indian or Alaska Native people. Millions of individuals stripped of access to a human right.
In a recent company-wide Town Hall, Iterable CEO and co-founder Andrew Boni took the time to support reproductive rights and access to the healthcare that so many rely on by asserting that “reproductive rights are human rights.” A sentiment that was echoed across the globe as our employees encouraged and supported each other at Town Hall and on our employee-led affinity group platforms.
Dozens and dozens of our employees spoke up and showed up by offering their homes and transportation in aid of their colleagues—no matter the distance—to make sure their peers received the essential care they so rightly deserve. In a time when so many are staying silent—or speaking with the intent to harm—I am beyond proud of Iterable’s leadership and my fellow Iterators around the globe who have mobilized to embrace our organization’s values and fortify our community—a community of colleagues that speaks up for one another, the betterment of the individual, our company, and humanity at large.
However, I do recognize that not everyone feels this way and that everyone has the right to express their views. It’s important we approach this subject with kindness and understanding and that we engage in dialogue. Standing for reproductive rights does not mean we reject other views.
A Time to Support One Another
Our organization has taken multiple steps to enable access to reproductive healthcare. We have access to flexible time off, comprehensive health insurance, ample parental leave, discounts on wellness services, and employee assistance programs.
Iterable has also contributed to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund and has an employee charitable matching program in place to amplify any donations made by employees.
As Iterable’s Head of DEI, it is my charge to advocate for our employees, partners, and customers who are all a valued part of our community. It is my moral obligation to speak up in the face of injustice and provide space and compassion for people. I, along with many others, am facing these uncertain times with courage and I am assured that Iterable stands with us in solidarity.
As part of Andrew’s message, he provided the following information and resources for those looking to get involved:
- Contact your local officials. Let your officials hear your voice ahead of an official decision.
- Spread the word by promoting trusted information and resources regarding the importance of access to safe, legal abortions.
- Get involved by advocating for reproductive rights with organizations like The Center for Reproductive Rights.
- Support organizations, like Planned Parenthood, that consistently advocate for access to reproductive healthcare
Support and allyship come in many forms and one of the best ways to show your support is to reach out to your friends, family, and loved ones who are directly impacted by current restrictions.
Prioritize your mental health and take time for yourself. It is easy to get wrapped up in everything happening around us and forget to take a moment to check in with ourselves. Platforms like Calm are an easy way to practice mindfulness.
This is a trying time. The good news is we still have time to make a difference and you are not alone. I am with you. Iterable is with you.
Stay safe. Uplift one another. And speak up.