Our Governor has given up on seeking South Dakota’s Next Big Thing to become the MAGA Nation’s Next Big Thing, but hey, for you South Dakota officials who are still working to advance our state’s economic development, double down. our talent pool sounds like a The next big thing?
Employers in South Dakota have been complaining for years that they are struggling to find good help. We could improve our recruitment and retention of skilled and value-creating professionals if our state government stop making it so hard for women to find reproductive health care:
Companies that are already competing for top talent will find that the majority of employees will not be willing to relocate because lack of access to abortion signals state culture and policy. Six in ten women would be discouraged from taking a job in a state that has tried to restrict access to abortion. And 54% of men aged 18 to 44 say they would also be discouraged from taking a job in a state that recently tried to restrict access to abortion. A majority of women (56%) say they wouldn’t even apply for a job in a state that recently banned abortion [Jim Doyle, C. Nicole Mason, and Jen Stark, “What Abortion Bans Could Mean in the War for Talent,” Fortune, 2021.06.10].
These authors cite a January 2020 Report which in turn cites a 2017 analysis that found that when we treat women better, women do better for themselves, their local economies and their public budgets:
- Women living in states with a better reproductive health care climate, including drug insurance coverage and contraceptive services expanded eligibility for Medicaid for family planning services; insurance coverage for infertility treatments; and the availability of state-supported public funding for medically necessary abortions – have higher incomes and face less occupational segregation compared to women living in states with more limited access to health care reproductive.
- Women in states with a robust reproductive health climate are also less likely to work part-time, which gives them more opportunities to earn more; non-wage benefits such as access to paid sick days and paid vacation; and better promotion opportunities.
- Reproductive rights and access to healthcare also reduce job foreclosure or lack of labor mobility between jobs. Women who live in states with positive indicators of access to reproductive health care, as measured by public funding for abortion, are more likely to move from one occupation to another and from unemployment to unemployment. ’employment. On the other hand, women in states with more limited access to abortion, as measured by the presence of targeted abortion provider regulation (TRAP) laws, are less likely to make these transitions. .
Together, these results begin to paint a picture that shows how certain economic outcomes are related to a woman’s ability to access the full range of reproductive health services. Additionally, the findings help clarify that women cannot achieve economic progress without gaining greater autonomy to lead their future. [Kate Bahn, Adriana Kugler, Melissa Mahoney, Danielle Corley, and Annie McGraw, “Linking Reproductive Health Care Access to Labor Market Opportunities for Women,” Center for American Progress, 2017.11.21].
Access to abortion, contraception and other health services for women is vital for women’s economic prosperity. Women (and the men who respect them) know this and will make personal employment decisions based on the Stateswillingness to provide and protect this access. Through not providing and protecting this access to health care, South Dakota is immediately depriving itself of half of the young talents who could come and boost our economy.