(NEXSTAR) – Information leaked by the US Supreme Court on Monday draft conclusion the court’s statement of intent to overturn Rowe v. Wade – a landmark 1973 case of legalizing abortion in the United States – prompted Americans to urge businesses to condemn a possible solution.
Many huge corporations have not yet commented on the issue.
However, the parent company Facebook Meta did not publish a statement at the time of publication CNBC notes the chief operating officer Cheryl Sandberg made through its own Facebook page. CNBC reports that Disney and Walmart did not respond to requests for comment, and Microsoft and JP Morgan declined to comment.
Several other companies have not only condemned SCOTUS ’views, but also say they are helping or will help their employees gain access to abortions, including reimbursement of travel expenses.
Retail giant Amazon says it will pay employees up to $ 4,000 to cover travel expenses related to life-threatening medical procedures, including abortion. Reuters reports. The company is already offering up to $ 10,000 in travel expenses for life-threatening medical care.
The benefit has already taken effect and will cover travel costs if the procedure is not available within 100 miles of the U.S. employee’s home. Compensation applies to both corporate and warehouse employees, according to Reuters.
Levi Strauss & Co.
In a statement On Wednesday, the apparel company explained that “access to reproductive health care, including abortion, has been a crucial factor for the achievements in the workplace and the contribution of women over the past 50 years.”
Levi’s, best known for its denim products, says the abolition of access to abortion will jeopardize women’s progress – 58% of the workforce is women. The company also points to data showing how Black and Hispanic women would suffer disproportionately by dismantling Roe.
The company says its position is “compatible with majority public opinion” and that, realistically, if states are allowed to decide on reproductive laws, companies will need different health benefits and policies for different employees in different states.
Levi’s says his current payment plan allows him to offset travel expenses related to health care not available in the employee’s home state, including abortion.
In a statement, Levi’s wrote: “Our position on this is commensurate with our efforts to support employees and their families at all stages of their lives … Given what is at stake, business leaders must communicate to their voices and act to protect the health and well-being of our people. employees. That means protecting reproductive rights. ”
The company behind Citibank has applied annual power of attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission in April, outlining its year ahead, including its staff. Citigroup writes: “In response to changes in reproductive health laws in some U.S. states beginning in 2022, we are providing travel benefits to facilitate access to adequate resources.”
In addition to reproductive care, Citigroup says it is expanding medical coverage to confirm gender for employees.
Earlier, the company, which is engaged in raidsharing, shared statements about the problems of reproductive rights.
On the eve of the leak of the SCOTUS opinion, The elevator spoke April 29 regarding the Oklahoma Senate bill of 1508, which as Bill 8 of the Texas Senate, would allow individuals to sue anyone who helps someone get medical care. Elevator wrote: “Women’s rights are under attack again, this time in Oklahoma. We believe that transport should never be an obstacle to women’s access to health care. “
The elevator says U.S. employees in Texas and Oklahoma, who are eligible for benefits, will cover travel expenses for abortion procedures that require them to travel outside the state. The company also says its drivers, who are being tried under Texas and Oklahoma bills, will cover 100% of legal costs.
In addition to employee benefits, Lyft says it is also creating a “safe state” program with health professionals to help cover off-state travel costs for women in Oklahoma and Texas who wish to have an abortion.
Cloud computing company Salesforce announced in September 2021 that it will help Texas employees looking for abortion in other states, CNN explains. The company, which owns Slack’s office messenger, has 56,000 employees and 16 locations.
In a Slack report, Salesforce employees said: «[We] support all of our women at Salesforce and everywhere … if you have problems with access to reproductive health in your state, Salesforce will help relocate you and your family members ”.
In a statement Tuesday, Yelp’s online business review company said: “Turning the clock back on the progress that women have made over the past 50 years will have a seismic impact on our society and economy … It is against the will the vast majority Americans who agree that decisions about reproductive care should be made by women and their doctors. ”
A Yelp spokesman told CNN that while his health insurance already covered abortion treatment, its benefits would include the travel costs of U.S. employees (and their dependents) who have to travel for the procedure.
“For us, the top priority is to offer our employees ongoing coverage, no matter where they live,” a CNN spokesman said.
Yelp demanded that Congress immediately codify Rowe.