Companies in Red States Plotting to Cover Employees’ Out-of-State Abortions

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    Since states that are conservatively oriented began to use their legislative muscles to ban abortions within their borders or restrict its use, businesses from the likes of Amazon to Yelp have been working on policies to cover employees' abortions if they reside in a state that bans abortion. Following Politico’s leak of the Supreme Court’s draft decision indicating that Roe v. Wade may be nearing the end of its days, many companies are mulling the possibility of implementing this policy, with none other than Amazon joining this week.

    Amazon is the latest business to pay for employees' expenses to travel for abortion services. The company informed staff that it would cover up to $4,000 of annual travel costs for medical treatment, such as abortions, according to a message obtained by Reuters. An Amazon spokesperson has confirmed the accuracy of the story reported by Reuters to CNN Business.

    Amazon was joined by Citigroup, Yelp, Uber, Lyft, Bumble, Match Group, and Salesforce in developing similar policies. The policy was released on Tuesday. Levi Strauss & Co. informed its employees that the company's current benefits program provides reimbursement “for healthcare-related travel expenses for services not available in their home state, including those related to reproductive health care and abortion.” The company explained that access to reproductive services, which includes abortion, has been a major contributor to the gains at work and the contributions women have made over the last 50 years. Limiting or criminalizing access to reproductive health care could undermine that progress and adversely affect women of ethnic minorities, putting their wellbeing at risk and hindering the diversity of the selection of candidates for employment.

    Women in certain states would be denied abortion “rights” compared to women in other states, and the country will be destined for an unjust and unequal future, according to liberal executives. Furthermore, companies will need distinct health policies for various regions–such as the coverage of time off and traveling across state lines to ensure that employees have access to the health services they “need” for their reproductive requirements.

    In the same way, Match Group CEO Shar Dubey told the press that she “personally, as a woman in Texas, could not keep silent” when Match Group announced its new abortion tourism policy in September in reaction to the Texas law banning abortion in the majority of instances.

    A Fox News poll showed that most Americans support some restrictions on abortion. “Most Americans believe abortion should be either ‘mostly' or ‘always' illegal, and support banning abortion after 15 weeks,” the Fox News poll found. “The national poll, conducted prior to the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion overruling Roe v. Wade, found that 54 percent favor banning abortion in their respective state after 15 weeks of pregnancy, compared to 41 percent who oppose. Additionally, more favor banning abortion in their state after just six weeks than oppose–50 percent to 46 percent.”

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