These companies will help employees counter abortion restrictions – NBC 6 South Florida

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Microsoft Corp. became the latest company this week to say it would provide assistance to employees who have to travel for abortions.

Apple, Citigroup, Yelp and others also announced measures to counter abortion restrictions.

The announcements come as the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion across the United States. The court held that, based on the right to privacy, abortion could not be prohibited until a fetus could live outside the womb.

A draft opinion by Judge Samuel Alito quashing Roe v. Wade was leaked to Politico. Alito, who appears to have the agreement of at least four other judges, wrote in the draft that Roe v. Wade “had a glaring mistake all along”.

“The inescapable conclusion is that the right to abortion is not deeply rooted in the history and traditions of the Nation,” he wrote.

States could still allow abortions, but about half would ban them.

Some companies had already made changes to their benefits in response to restrictions imposed at the state level as lawmakers reduced abortion rights. These include limiting who can perform an abortion, how long a pregnancy can be performed and whether public funds can be used to pay for them.

Uber and Lyftthe nation’s two largest ride-hailing services said they would pay legal fees for drivers who could be sued under a Texas law passed last year for transporting a passenger to an abortion appointment .

Other companies have remained silent on the potentially tricky issue. Some Republican politicians have shown a willingness to fight back when companies cross paths with them on such social issues. On the other hand, the aid could help employers retain workers in states that ban or restrict abortions.

Here are some details about the company’s response:

Amazon

Amazon.com Inc. will pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses for abortions and other non-life-threatening medical procedures. The benefit applies if medical care is not available within 100 miles of an employee’s home, Reuters reported. Other procedures covered include cardiology, cell gene therapies and addiction treatment programs. The benefit is retroactive to January 1. For life-threatening medical conditions, Amazon is offering up to $10,000 in travel reimbursements.

Apple

the iPhone maker said its health insurance provider will cover travel and medical costs for employees who wish to have an abortion. Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook announced the benefit in September 2021 after Texas anti-abortion law took effect. This law states that, except in a medical emergency, doctors cannot perform an abortion if they have “detected a fetal heartbeat for the unborn child”, although what constitutes a heartbeat is a topic of debate. It can be enforced by ordinary citizens suing anyone who helps with abortions. Cook spoke at a meeting for all of the tech giant’s 160,000 employees around the world, of which the New York Times obtained a recording.

Bumblebee and Match

Austin-based dating app Bumble has created a relief fund for people seeking abortions in the state. “Bumble is a company founded and run by women, and from day one we have stood up for the most vulnerable. We will continue to fight against regressive laws like #SB8,” the company tweetedreferring to Texas anti-abortion law.

Match CEO Shar Dubey told employees she would personally create a fund to support Texas-based workers who had to leave the state for care, a spokesperson confirmed to CNBC. Match also owns Hinge, Tinder, and OKCupid.

Citigroup

Citigroup will also cover the costs of its employees in states such as Texas who need to travel to another state for an abortion. It has about 200,000 employees, 8,500 of whom live in Texas. He would pay for airfare and accommodation.

Microsoft Corp.

Microsoft will add travel expenses to its abortion and gender affirmation benefits for employees in the United States. “This support is extended to include travel assistance for these and other medical services where access to care is limited in an employee’s home geographic region,” the company said in a statement to Reuters.

Selling power

Selling power told its employees last year that it would help relocate anyone concerned about getting reproductive health care. The move follows Texas’ passage of its aggressive anti-abortion law.

Yelp Inc.

Yelp was among the first to say it would cover the costs of employees seeking out-of-state abortions. It wants to ensure that all of its employees have equal access to health care, the company said. The benefit will cover all of its 4,000 employees, including 200 workers in Texas. “We have a long history of championing equality in the workplace and believe that gender equality cannot be achieved if women’s rights to health care are curtailed,” said Miriam Warren, Head of Diversity at Yelp, at the Associated Press.

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