President of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday John Roberts confirmed the existence of the draft document, but, as he noted, the court has not yet made a final decision.
Although alone The leak was unexpectedThis shows the consequences of the long-running concerted action to severely restrict access to abortion in many Republican-controlled states.
Employer plans include abortion by employers
Many large companies with workers in states such as Texas and Oklahoma have announced their own efforts to maintain access to abortion. According to a Goodmaker Institute study, 26 states will ban abortion if the “sure or possible” Row ruling is overturned.
Employers like Citi, Apple, Yelp and Amazon have deliberately included abortion in an extended package of existing benefit plans so employees can reimburse travel expenses to health facilities not near their place of residence.
Other companies, such as Uber and Lyft, have pledged to support the transportation of persons seeking abortion sites, as well as to legally protect drivers from potential lawsuits.
Below is a list of the largest companies and their responses to controlling reproductive rights.
Apple CEO Tim Cook addressed concerns about Texas law banning abortion after finding the fetus’ heartbeat during a meeting with city officials in September. The company soon issued a note declaring the law “very strict.” The occupational health plan includes “those who travel outside the state when medical care is not available in their home state.”
Citi, which employs about 8.5 thousand people in Texas, told investors in a March report that it was “offering travel benefits from 2022 to facilitate access to appropriate services in response to changes in reproductive health regulations in some US states.”
On Monday, just hours before the Supreme Court’s draft ruling was leaked, Amazon told employees Insured hole up to 4,000. Dollars per year in travel expenses for life-threatening medical procedures, including abortion. This policy covers corporate and warehouse workers and their dependents enrolled in the company’s Premera or Adna health plans.
Shortly after the Texas law was passed in September, the Salesforce told employees through its internal liaison system: “If you have concerns about reproductive health care in your state, the Salesforce will help relocate you and your immediate family.”
“Breaking the Roe v. Wade ruling will affect the human rights of millions of women who lose the freedom to make decisions about their own bodies,” Yelp said in a statement Tuesday. “Turning the clock on the progress women have made in the last 50 years will have an earthquake impact on our society and economy,” she added.
This is not a new Yelp policy, it is a new benefit
– Miriam Warren, director of diversity at Yelp, explained the decision to offset travel costs for workers seeking access to abortion in a state other than where they live. “Our company and our CEO have long invested in promoting gender equality, which degrades when women have no control over their own reproductive health,” he added.
In response to Texas law prohibiting abortion after six weeks of pregnancy, The lift announced it would pay the legal costs of drivers sued for transporting passengers for an abortion. The company has also promised a donation of $ 1 million. For planned parents, “to ensure that traffic is never an obstacle to accessing health.”
“The Texas TX SB8 law threatens to impose fines on drivers for driving people where they need to go – especially women who exercise their franchise,” Loft co-founder and CEO Logan Green tweeted in September.
After Lyft, Uber also announced that it would cover the legal costs of drivers.
“Drivers should not be fined for taking people to places they want to go,” tweeted Uber CEO Tara Kosroshahi, a rule that allows citizens to sue people for “aiding and abetting” illegal abortions and “rewards” $. 10,000 to win a case.
Created by Match Group CEO Shar Dube Fund for Texas workers seeking health care outside the state after abortion is banned after a fetal heartbeat is detected
“I’m not talking about this as the company’s CEO, but personally, as a mother and woman, fighting hard for’s women’s rights, including the fundamental right to make decisions about her body,” Dubey said.
Bumble created an aid fund for organizations that support Texans’ reproductive rights. The $ 6.6 billion company was founded in 2014 by Whitney Wolf Herd, who tweeted that it was “founded and run by women” and would “continue to fight back against reactionary laws like SB8”.
Bumble and Match were among the first Texas technology companies to speak out against the ban.
– We are horrified by the rumors about the Supreme Court judgments released yesterday evening. At Bumble, we firmly believe in the right of women to choose and exercise complete control over their bodies. Safety, privacy and freedom of family planning are important for equality for all … The health and safety of our group is our number one priority, including access to abortion treatment. A spokesman for Bumble said Tuesday that we will continue to work with organizations that ensure access to reproductive services for all.
In response to Texas anti-abortion law, Dell Technologies CEO Michael Dell sent an email to all employees in Texas on Wednesday, September 8: “Our management team is carefully examining the impact of the latest regulations on you and our company.”
An internal message did not name Texas SP Act 8, but said it was “not yet clear what the final form of such legislation would be” and that “the company’s goal is to provide more (hygiene) care for workers.” . “
A Dell spokesman declined to comment on the Supreme Court draft comment that was leaked Monday, saying the company “focuses on team members and provides them with the support and assistance they need with benefits and assistance.”
Levy’s employees, including part-time retailers, may claim travel expenses for abortion in another state.
Lush Handmade Cosmetics announced in January that it was reviewing the company’s healthcare package to ensure access to abortion services for all U.S. workers.
We are very concerned about the status of women’s rights in this country. Not only because Lush works over 80. Women, but we know that access to safe reproductive care, including abortion, is essential for a healthy workforce and community. For seven months, we have been campaigning for the right to abortion for everyone in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Ohio, Florida and Alaska. The draft opinion of the Supreme Court confirms our worst fears and we are currently looking for ways to support employees who are involved in providing them and providing equal care. As a business community, we believe this amendment is temporary. We need a law like the Women’s Health Care Act, which was passed by the will of the majority of the nation and ensures that women’s rights are recognized as human rights, no matter what they really are.
Brandi Hall, chief executive officer of Lush Cosmetics North America, said in a statement shared with Insider on Tuesday.
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