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These companies are covering abortion travel for their employees

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There’s no better way to encourage abortion among one’s employees than to offer to pay for it, as well as the costs associated with traveling for that abortion. Recently, new pro-life laws have been enacted in several states, and there is hope that Roe v. Wade will be overturned, allowing for pro-life trigger laws to go into effect. This has pro-abortion companies scrambling for ways to ensure their employees in pro-life states still have the ability to have their undelivered children killed; after all, it’s cheaper for employers to pay for abortion expenses than maternity leave and health care for an employee’s new baby or babies.

Here are the companies that have pledged to reimburse employees for the costs associated with traveling out of state for an abortion:

Adidas

Adidas announced in late June that it will cover up to $10,000 in abortion-related travel expenses including lodging for employees. In May, Britain’s Advertising Standards Authority banned an Adidas ad campaign that was criticized for objectifying and sexualizing women by reducing them to body parts. The ad featured dozens of sets of bare breasts for the company’s ad for sports bras.

Airbnb

Airbnb Inc. said Friday that their U.S. healthcare plans cover abortions and that the companies would continue to cover travel expenses for employees who seek medical treatment outside their home states.

Alaska Airlines

Alaska Airlines announced that it had already been covering the costs related to abortion-travel for employees prior to the overturning of Roe and said that it will continue to do so.

Amalgamated Bank

The largest union-owned bank in the U.S., Amalgamated Bank, said in a statement that it would pay the travel expenses “for employees and their dependents who need to travel out of state to access reproductive health care.” Those expenses can include airfare, gasoline, hotel fees, meal expenses, and up to five days of childcare expenses.

Amazon

Amazon announced that it will cover up to $4,000 of its employees’ travel expenses for non-life-threatening medical procedures, including abortion. The policy is for both U.S. employees and any covered dependents, and was made retroactive to January 1, 2022.

“The ultimate ‘F U’ any boss can give their female employees: I will literally pay 4k for you to kill your child so I don’t need to pay for maternity leave & so you can work extra long hours for me,” Live Action founder and president Lila Rose tweeted. “Extraordinarily gross, @JeffBezos@amazon

Apple

Apple, which is expanding in Austin Texas with a new $1 billion, three-million-square-foot campus, told The Wall Street Journal that its health insurance policy includes coverage of abortions as well as travel expenses.

Bank of America

Bank of America, the second-largest U.S. bank, said it will cover travel costs for employees who want to go out-of-state to undergo an abortion, according to a statement from the bank.

Bumble

Bumble announced on Twitter that it has a relief fund for Texas women so they can leave the state for an abortion. That money will cover the costs associated with abortion-related travel.

Chobani

Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya said on Twitter that the company would alter its health plan to include coverage of transportation, lodging, and childcare for their employees and their employees’ dependents to travel for an abortion.

Cigna

Health insurance company released a statement, according to CBS, stating, “Cigna has employees in all 50 states, and we are committed to ensuring that they each have access to comprehensive health care, no matter where they live. We already offer our employees and their families travel reimbursement for certain health services, and we are expanding that benefit to include abortion care, gender-affirming care, and behavioral health services in states where access is restricted,”

Citigroup

The multi-national banking organization Citigroup has announced its plan to pay abortion-related travel expenses for employees. “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 for a shareholders’ meeting. The plan includes covering the cost of airfare and hotels. In response, lawmakers have called the House and Senate to terminate a contract with Citigroup.

CNN

According to the New York Times, CNN will cover the abortion-related travel expenses for its employees.

Comcast-NBC Universal

Comcast has promised to pay the travel expenses for female employees who travel to undergo abortions.

Condé Nast

According to CBS, magazine publisher Condé Nast will be covering the cost of abortion-related travel for its employees.

CVS Health

CVS Health Corp said it will make out-of-state abortion available to its employees.

Dick’s Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods CEO Lauren Hobart announced on June 24, 2022, on her LinkedIn page that the company will be funding the travel expenses related to abortion for all employees up to $4,000. This would include abortions for spouses and dependents and will allow for one support person to travel with the woman.

Disney

Disney told The Washington Post that it will now pay the travel expenses for employees who go out of state for an abortion. “We recognize the impact of the ruling and that we remain committed to providing comprehensive access to quality and affordable care for all of our employees, cast members and their families, including family planning and reproductive care, no matter where they live,” Disney said.

DoorDash

The food delivery platform DoorDash announced it will cover certain travel-related expenses for employees and their dependents seeking an abortion when they live in pro-life states.

Duolingo

Language learning tool Duolingo told Fast Company that it was “updating our benefits to ensure every Duolingo employee in the United States can access reproductive healthcare, including reimbursement for any travel expenses necessary for accessing abortion services.”

Estee Lauder

Cosmetics company Estee Lauder will cover travel and lodging expenses related to an employees abortion beginning in August 2022.

 

 

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Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs Group Inc has said it will pay for the travel expenses for U.S.-based employees who travel out of state for an abortion beginning on July 1.

Hewlett Packard

Hewlett Packard, commonly called HP, will cover travel costs associated with abortion when it is not available in an employee’s home state.

Hims & Hers

Telehealth company Hims & Hers, which sells both over-the-counter and prescription meds, said it will provide “$6,000 in travel reimbursement and two weeks of leave for any employee and their partner who need to travel to a state that offers reproductive healthcare access.”

Ikea

Ikea announced it will expand its employee benefits package to include travel costs associated with medical procedures including abortion.

Interpublic Group, Publicis Groupe and WPP

Three multinational communications and public relations firms have all said they will cover the costs related to any employee’s travel for abortion. WPP CEO Mark Read said, “We want our people to have the same health coverage regardless of where they live.”

JPMorgan

JPMorgan told employees, “Effective in July, you will be able to access additional covered benefits under the U.S. Medical Plan. Those changes include “family-building benefits, such as cryopreservation,” which could include freezing a woman’s eggs or embryos.

“We will also expand our existing health care travel benefit, which today covers certain services such as organ transplants, to all covered health care services that can only be obtained far from your home,” JPMorgan told its staff.

Kroger

Kroger announced at the end of June 2022 that it will cover up to $4,000 in cost for employees or anyone on the company health plan to have out-of-state abortions. Kroger operates 2,750 retail stores in the nation.

Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley has changed its policy to include paying for the travel expenses related to an employee’s abortion if that employee lives in a state where abortion is not available.

Levi Strauss

Levi Strauss will reimburse the abortion-related travel expenses for its full and part-time employees. The apparel company said in a statement, “Given what is at stake, business leaders need to make their voices heard and act to protect the health and well-being of our employees. That means protecting reproductive rights.”

Live Nation

Live Nation has announced it will both pay abortion-travel-related expenses for employees but will also bail out any employees arrested during a pro-abortion protest.

Lyft

Lyft announced in April — following the enactment of the Texas Heartbeat Act in September — that it would expand benefits to include travel costs for U.S. employees who decide to travel more than 100 miles to have an abortion.

MasterCard

Credit card company MasterCard, told employess in a memo, “We will continue to offer employees access to the same health care, including family planning and reproductive benefits, that is available today wherever they live. In the U.S., this includes a variety of services—from fertility treatments to surrogacy and adoption services, pregnancy prevention including vasectomy coverage and access to contraception, and pregnancy termination.”

Match Group

According to Investopedia, Match Group released an eternal memo in the fall of 2021 in which CEO Shar Dubey said she set up a fund for workers who were affected by the Texas Heartbeat Act and decided to travel for an abortion.

Microsoft

Microsoft announced on May 9 that it is extending travel expense assistance to employees who want an abortion but live in pro-life states. A spokesperson for the company told Forbes that the company will do “everything we can under the law to protect our employees’ rights and support employees and their enrolled dependents in accessing critical healthcare.”

Meta

In a statement on Friday, a Meta (Facebook) spokesperson announced, “We intend to offer travel-expense reimbursements, to the extent permitted by law, for employees who will need them to access out-of-state healthcare and reproductive services. We are in the process of assessing how best to do so, given the legal complexities involved.”

Netflix

Netflix said it offers employees and their dependents up to $10,000 in travel reimbursement for cancer treatment, transplants, transgender surgery, or abortion through its health plan.

New York Times

The New York Times said it will expand its medical coverage to include abortion-related travel for an abortion more than 100 miles from an employee’s home.

Paramount

Paramount sent a memo to employees stating that the company will cover the travel costs of employees who travel for abortions when they live in a location in which abortion isn’t allowed.

Patagonia

Patagonia has said it will pay the travel expenses of female employees who travel to obtain abortions, but the coming has also promised to bail out any employees who are arrested during pro-abortion protests.

Paypal

Paypal announced it will pay for the abortion-related travel costs of its employee’s abortions if necessary.

Power Home Remodeling

A new policy announced by the company on May 17 will offer employees and dependents up to $5,000 in lifetime reimbursement for travel and lodging for any medical care that is not available within 100 miles of the employee’s residence. The family lifetime limit is $10,000. The company said the new policy was a direct response to “recent changes in reproductive healthcare laws enacted in several states, which impacts hundreds of Power employees across the U.S.”

Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble said its new policy will pay for employees to get abortions if there is no abortion available to them within a 50-mile radius.

Salesforce

Salesforce told employees that the company will either help them relocate if they live in a pro-life state or would cover the costs of traveling for an abortion. “If you have concerns about access to critical health care in your state, Salesforce will provide financial support for travel, available through our health care providers, and/or help relocate you and members of your immediate family,” said Brent Hyder, president and chief people officer, in a Slack message to employees.

Research suggests that the idea of long-distance travel for abortion can save lives. Women who are considering an abortion are more than twice as likely to delay it or keep their babies if they live 50 or more miles away from an abortion business compared with women who live within five miles of an abortion facility.

Sony

Sony said it will pay up to $10,000 in abortion-related travel expenses for employees.

Starbucks

Starbucks announced that it will pay the travel expenses for employees on its insurance plan who want to have an abortion and need to travel 100 miles or more from their home in order to obtain one. The offer extends to employees’ dependents who are also on the company’s health plan.

Target

According to CNBC, Target will now cover the abortion-related travel expenses for employees who live in a pro-life state.

Tesla

Tesla, run by Elon Musk, began paying for its employees to undergo out-of-state abortions in 2021. It expanded its benefits program to include “travel and lodging support for those who may need to seek healthcare services that are unavailable in their home state.” Last year, Tesla moved from Silicon Valley to Texas, where anyone involved in carrying out an abortion after a preborn child has a detectable heartbeat can face a lawsuit, except for the mother.

Despite these company policies, Musk has called low birth rates one of the “biggest threats to civilization.”

Uber

A spokesperson for Uber said: “After this morning’s Supreme Court ruling, we reiterated to employees that Uber’s insurance plans in the U.S. already cover a range of reproductive health benefits, including pregnancy termination and travel expenses to access healthcare. We will also continue to stand behind drivers, reimbursing legal expenses, if any driver is sued under state law for providing transportation on our platform to a clinic.” The company also will cover legal fees for any driver who aids and abets an abortion.

United Talent Agency

United Talent Agency (UTA) has vowed to reimburse employees for travel-related expenses for abortion when abortion is not available in their state. UTA is a Hollywood talent agency, and the entertainment industry has a history of coercing actresses to abort. Countless actresses, from before Roe v. Wade was decided right up until recently, have been subjected to coerced abortions or pressure to abort in order to keep their jobs or succeed at all in Hollywood.

READ: Dating apps Bumble and Match to begin funding abortions

In a memo obtained by Variety, UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer called the company’s desire to cover travel expenses for abortion “an important new benefit.”

Vox Media

Vox Media’s CEO told the New York Times that the company will expand its employee coverage to include a reimbursement of up to $1,5000 for expenses related to travel for an abortion.

Warner Bros. Discovery

Wartner Bros. Discovery announced it has expanded its healthcare benefits to cover costs for employees who travel out of state to have an abortion. In a memo, the company’s chief people and culture officer, Adria Alpert Romm, wrote, “our number one priority is the wellbeing, health and safety of our employees.”

Yahoo

Yahoo announced it will reimburse up to $5,000 to employees for costs related to traveling more than 100 miles to undergo an abortion.

Yelp

The online platform Yelp has offered to pay travel expenses for its employees to undergo abortions. The company’s chief diversity officer, Miriam Warren, claimed women can’t be equal without abortion, which implies that mothers are not equal to men and that mothers are incapable of having true success outside of their families.

“We’ve long been a strong advocate for equality in the workplace, and believe that gender equality cannot be achieved if women’s healthcare rights are restricted,” she said. “As a remote-first company with a distributed workforce, this new benefit allows our U.S. employees and their dependents to have equitable access to reproductive care, regardless of where they live.” This implies that a Yelp employee in a state with expansive abortion access would have career benefits over a Yelp employee in a state without widespread abortion access.

Zendesk

Zendesk will pay up to $3,000 annually for U.S. employees who travel for abortions.

Zillow

Zillow said it will now reimburse employees up to $7,500 to travel for abortion as well as gender-affirming care and other procedures. These newly expanded benefits went into effect June 1.

The ability to become pregnant and give birth does not diminish a woman’s value or cause her to lose her inherent equality with men. Legalized abortion turns women into oppressors who not only abandon their children (like the men they have long complained about), but also kill them in order to do so.

Companies that are truly concerned about equality in the workplace, will work to ensure paid paternity and maternity leave, ensure that promotions are available to employees, ensure work-from-home opportunities, provide on-site daycare, and provide other options that allow women to freely choose life for their babies rather than feeling pressured to have abortions in hopes of being seen as valued and equal by their companies.

Editor’s Note: This article will be updated with additional companies that vow to pay for their employees’ abortion-related travel expenses. 

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