These companies are helping employees access abortions
Companies across the United States are announcing plans to help workers who live in states with abortion restrictions gain access to reproductive health care.
Driving the news: A leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft ruling indicated that the court could soon overturn Roe v. Wade.
- Abortion would become illegal in at least 13 states if the Supreme Court overturns the decision, Axios' Oriana Gonzalez writes.
Multiple companies have suggested they'll pay for travel expenses if employees have to receive health care services in another state.
Levi Strauss & Co. said in a statement that employees will be reimbursed for travel expenses for receiving health care services outside their state, including abortions.
- "We know this is a fraught conversation; it's not something we enter into lightly. But women make up 58% of our global workforce, and in recent years, numerous employees have expressed to leadership their growing alarm over the rollback of all forms of reproductive care," the company said.
- "Our position on this is in keeping with our efforts to support employees and family members at all stages of their lives."
Microsoft said it would help cover workers' travel expenses for abortions and gender-affirming care, per Bloomberg.
- The company said it would “support employees and their enrolled dependents in accessing critical health care -- which already includes services like abortion and gender-affirming care -- regardless of where they live across the U.S."
- “This support is being extended to include travel expense assistance for these and other medical services where access to care is limited in availability in an employee’s home geographic region.”
Apple said it would cover medical expenses for employees in Texas who have to travel outside of the state for abortions, per the Washington Post.
Tesla said it would cover travel costs for employees seeking abortions outside of their state, per the AP.
- The company's 2021 “Impact Report” released Friday said the company's Safety Net program will now include “travel and lodging support for those who may need to seek healthcare services that are unavailable in their home state.”
- Tesla's headquarters is located in Texas which has one of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.
Amazon said it would cover up to $4,000 in travel for United States workers who are seeking medical treatments, including abortions, per Reuters.
Uber and Lyft both pledged to cover any legal fees in case their drivers are sued because of Oklahoma's new abortion bill, which allows citizens to sue anyone they suspect has helped someone receive an abortion.
Citigroup will cover travel expenses for employees who are forced to travel outside their state for abortions, MarketWatch reports.
- "In response to changes in reproductive health care laws in certain states in the U.S., beginning in 2022 we provide travel benefits to facilitate access to adequate resources," the company said in a filing back in April.
Yelp said it would offer assistance through the company's insurance plan for employees and their dependents if they need to travel out of state for an abortion, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Starbucks said that it will cover the travel expenses of employees seeking abortion or gender-affirming care.
Mastercard said it will cover travel expenses for employees who must travel out of state to receive abortions, with the new policy going into effect June 1, per Bloomberg.
Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.