Worker Praised for Rejecting Job Over State's Abortion Stance: 'Decline'

A Reddit user who revealed their new reason to turn down jobs has been praised online.

Shared on the popular r/antiwork forum on Sunday, Reddit user u/SpaceCowboy58 posted a screenshot of a conversation with a potential employer. With more than 10,000 upvotes and hundreds of comments, Reddit users were impressed with what they read.

In the screenshot, there was a message reply with the subject head: "Job engineer in Tulsa Oklahoma."

The message below read: "Hi [redacted], This job sounds like a perfect fit, however, I refuse to work for a company based in a state that does not support women's reproductive rights."

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A file photo of a woman ripping up a contract in an office. A worker has been praised for turning down a job in Oklahoma because of the state's abortion stance following the overturning of Roe v. Wade. AntonioGuillem/Getty Images

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court formally released a ruling that overturned the nearly 50-year-old decision of Roe v. Wade that protected a pregnant woman's right to have an abortion.

Researchers have reported that without Roe, abortion will likely become illegal in about half of the country.

Twenty-five states are likely to prohibit abortion according to the Center for Reproductive Rights. One of these states is Oklahoma—the state mentioned in the Reddit user's job opportunity message.

Oklahoma is also one of a number of states that has a "trigger law" that immediately banned all or most abortions in the event of Roe being overturned. It also had an abortion ban on the books that preceded Roe that could be enforced again.

"The state does not deserve a cut of the taxes generated from your work/living there," said one commenter in reply to the screenshot.

Another commenter praised the message and said: "Genius, I get interview offers from these states. I'm inspired to create templates to send them with this idea."

But one user disagreed and said: "I respect their decision and applaud their integrity but I couldn't imagine turning down a perfect job for that. With all the s*** tier, sorry ass jobs out here I couldn't turn down a perfect one for something that could be mitigated with a mild amount of effort."

Another Redditor wrote: "As an Oklahoman, please accept the job. We need more anti-fascist voters here."

"Makes me want to apply to them just to decline," said another commenter.

Since the announcement that the Supreme Court was overturning Roe v. Wade, a number of companies have announced that they will provide financial support to employees who seek abortions out of state.

Employers including Apple, Disney, Nike, Starbucks, and Meta have announced plans to extend their health benefits or provide additional support to employees for necessary travel costs to help workers travel to get procedures elsewhere.

Newsweek has reached out to u/SpaceCowboy58 for comment.