Corporations Stay Quiet On Abortion After Disney’s Disastrous Tangle With DeSantis

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Corporations previously outspoken about hot-button social issues have stayed quiet on the likely overturning of Roe v. Wade after a dramatic fight between Disney and Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over the company’s political activism.

Following the leak of a draft opinion indicating the Supreme Court is likely to overturn Roe v. Wade, Democrats are trying to ram through a bill legalizing third trimester abortions; however, corporations are largely staying out of the fray, following Disney’s disastrous battle with Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that ended with the company losing its special tax privileges.

Statement from The Walt Disney Company on signing of Florida legislation:

CNBC and Fortune contacted dozens of the largest corporations in the U. S., but few of them gave any comments about the landmark case.

Disney has not commented on the draft opinion, nor have American Airlines, Walmart, Facebook, Microsoft or Comcast, according to CNBC, though all of the companies have been outspoken on politics and social issues in the past.

Zeno, a massive public relations firm that advises Coca-Cola, Hershey’s, Salesforce, Netflix and Starbucks, advised its clients not to comment on the overturning of Roe, according to Popular Information, citing a client memo.

“Do not take a stance you cannot reverse, especially when the decision is not final. This topic is a textbook ’50/50′ issue. Subjects that divide the country can sometimes be no-win situations for companies because regardless of what they do they will alienate at least 15 to 30 percent of their stakeholders,” Zeno told clients, according to Popular Information. “Do not assume that all of your employees, customers or investors share your view.”

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