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Tech execs react to Roe v. Wade reversal: Gates, Sandberg, Wojcicki

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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, and departing Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg were among noteworthy tech executives speaking out publicly on Friday’s Supreme Court ruling which overturned Roe v. Wade. The ruling ends constitutional right to abortion in the U.S., which has stood since 1973.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and many otherwise politically outspoken venture capital investors have so far remained publicly silent on the ruling.

Elon Musk’s twitter account, which has 99.5 million followers currently, featured a pinned tweet from May that said, “USA birth rate has been below min sustainable levels for ~50 years.”

In September 2021, Musk declined to discuss Texas’ stringent abortion restrictions, and said he’d rather stay out of politics. However, Gov. Greg Abbott said the Tesla CEO supported his state’s “social policies” at that time. More recently, Musk said he’d consider voting for Florida governor DeSantis for president. DeSantis is moving to restrict abortions even more in his state today.

The court’s anticipated reversal of Roe v. Wade leaves states with the power to set their own abortion laws, including outright bans on all surgical and medication abortions. Twenty-six states in total are expected to severely restrict if not fully ban abortion after the ruling, according to analysis by the Guttmacher Institute.

Abortion bans in Louisiana, Missouri, Kentucky and South Dakota went into immediate effect.

When abortion is not legal or available, people face health risks that can be fatal in some cases. For example, a 31-year-old dentist named Savita Halappanavar died of septicemia in 2012 in Ireland after she was denied an abortion during a miscarriage. A movement arose after her death, and Ireland later amended its laws to allow legal abortions.

Here’s what these tech execs said after the ruling was issued on Friday:

Marc Benioff, Salesforce CEO

“I believe CEOs have a responsibility to take…

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