People often say that business shouldn't be political. We don’t agree. Business is inherently political—in this country, businesses drive most lobbying, which in turn influences our lawmakers. They just don’t want you to realize that. At Noah, we won’t be silent about the political issues that affect us all, and we refuse to stand on the sidelines as abortion rights come under attack across the country. That’s why we’re joining the fight to protect choice.
In this country, the majority of lawmakers are men—men who will never have to make the often difficult choice of whether or not to have an abortion. It’s outrageous to us that men get to decide the fate of women and their rights to access reproductive healthcare. It’s grossly insensitive and completely unacceptable that we have any say in the matter at all. At Noah, we support the rights of women to make choices about their own healthcare, and to access safe, legal abortion. Our latest tee promotes the idea that men should mind their own business. All proceeds will be donated to the ACLU, which is fighting abortion restrictions at every turn.
The anti-choice movement has been slowly creeping into power, with more than a quarter of the abortion restrictions enacted by states since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973 happening during the past nine years. Over the last several months, anti-choice state legislatures emboldened by the Trump administration and the conservative Supreme Court majority have passed a slew of unconstitutional abortion restrictions. Some of these laws outright ban abortion, while others make the procedure incredibly difficult to access, or criminalize doctors who perform them. Because of these laws, six states now have only one abortion clinic left, and many women are forced to travel over a hundred miles to the nearest clinic. These numbers would be even bleaker if not for organizations like the ACLU, whose tireless work is keeping the only remaining clinics open in several states.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been at the forefront of defending civil liberties since its start in 1920, from joining with the NAACP to challenge racial segregation in schools to protecting women’s and LGBTQ rights. The organization is currently fighting hard to keep abortion safe, legal, and accessible in all 50 states. This means they’re in court, suing to prevent Kentucky, Ohio and Alabama’s bans from going into effect, while also taking on harsh restrictions in other states, and working to pass laws that will preserve access to abortion care, no matter what happens. We’re doing our part to support this vital work.