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PA Businesses Warn Doug Mastriano’s Extreme Plan To Outlaw Abortion Will Cost Jobs, Hurt PA Economy

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Following SCOTUS’ Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade, Businesses Are Warning That They Will Leave Pennsylvania if Mastriano Bans Abortion

Doug Mastriano’s plan to outlaw abortion without exceptions and criminalize doctors for performing them is so extreme that it’s also drawing harsh criticism from Pennsylvania businesses.

In the four days since SCOTUS announced the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, PA-based businesses, including Duolingo and Dick’s Sporting Goods, have slammed Republicans’ draconian abortion bans.

Duolingo generated more than $250 million in revenue in 2021, up by 55 percent from the previous year, according to reporting, but they’ve warned they would have to move their operations elsewhere if Mastriano outlaws abortion as governor. CEO and co-founder, Luis von Ahn, released a statement on Twitter:

“To all Pennsylvania politicians: I love that @duolingo is headquartered in Pittsburgh and that y’all use it as an example that successful tech companies can start here. If PA makes abortion illegal, we won’t be able to attract talent and we’ll have to grow our offices elsewhere.”

Furthermore, Dicks Sporting Goods, a Findlay-based company, announced that it would provide travel reimbursements for employees forced to access an abortion in another state. After this new policy was made public, the company received national recognition and praise.

“Doug Mastriano’s plan to outlaw abortion with no exceptions and criminalize medical professionals for performing abortions isn’t just wildly dangerous and unpopular, it would be devastating to Pennsylvania’s economy. It would force businesses to leave and cost Pennsylvania jobs,” said DGA Deputy Communications Director Sam Newton. “Dangerous Doug Mastriano cares more about his extreme agenda than lowering costs and ensuring good-paying jobs stay right here in Pennsylvania. His priorities are just wrong for Pennsylvania.”