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USA: Companies silent on Texas' restrictive abortion bill despite past statements on social issues; incl co comments

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When Texas' Senate Bill (SB) 8 went into effect on September 1, banning abortion after 6 weeks and deputizing private citizens to enforce the law, many companies declined to comment or take a stance.

Research by UltraViolet found that seven companies donated more than $100,000 to Texas lawmakers that sponsored or cosponsored the law: AT&T, Charter Communications, Berkshire Hathaway, Exelon, UnitedHealth Group, Union Pacific, and Chevron. Business Insider reached out to these companies for comment; five did not respond. Union Pacific said it "has a history of giving to political candidates on both sides of the aisle in compliance with national and state rules. … We consider criteria beyond those that directly impact rail operations and business metrics when evaluating contributions, and we review our giving to all candidates annually." Chevron told Insider it engages with "numerous elected representatives who take positions on a range of issues. We are not always aligned with all their views." In addition, two dozen major companies contacted by The New York Times did not reply or declined to comment.

Some companies have taken vocal stances against the law. Dating companies Bumble and Match Group, both based in Texas, announced the creation of relief funds to support people impacted by the law. Chief executives from Lyft and Uber both announced they would help pay the legal costs of any drivers that may face lawsuits under the law. Website hosting companies GoDaddy and Epik also shut down a website that was designed to allow private citizens to inform on SB 8 violators.

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