Nearly 200 business leaders have signed an open letter arguing US moves to restrict abortion are “bad for business”.

The campaign comes as several US states have passed or are considering stricter new abortion laws.

They include controversial “heartbeat bills” which would ban abortion once a foetal heartbeat is detectable.

The letter published in the New York Times said curbs on abortion threaten the health of staff and customers.

The chief executives of Slack, Square, Zoom, and Bloomberg were among those who signed the letter entitled “Don’t Ban Equality”, according to the American Civil Liberties Union which helped organise the campaign.

“Restricting access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion, threatens the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers,” it said.

“It impairs our ability to build

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