Roe v Wade: 8 companies offering financial benefits for women seeking abortions

A wave of US companies are pledging their help and support to female employees who are now unable to get legal abortions in the US after the Supreme Court struck down the Roe v. Wade agreement.

“We therefore hold that the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion,” the majority of Supreme Court justices wrote in the decision, handed down Friday morning.

“Roe and Casey must be overruled, and the authority to regulate abortion must be returned to the people and their elected representatives.”

This has prompted concern around the subject of talent retention in US companies which has led to a movement of retailers and tech companies alike offering their support.

Amazon

The ecommerce platform has publicly said it will cover costs for employees seeking abortions in states where the procedure was made illegal. Approximately 44.5% of the company’s workforce is female.

Apple

Silicon Valley tech behemoth Apple has joined Amazon in covering employees who “travel out-of-state for medical care if it is unavailable in their home state,” the company’s CEO Tim Cook announced following the decision.

CVS

Pharmaceutical giant CVS told Business Insider that: “Ensuring access to safe, legal, high-quality health care is one of our most important priorities.

“We will continue to provide colleagues, clients, and consumers with the flexibility to choose medical and pharmacy benefits to best suit their needs, including making out-of-state care accessible for our covered employees residing in states that have instituted laws that limit access in their state.”

Kroger

Retail giant Kroger has said that its employees who use the company’s health plan have access to “a comprehensive benefits package that includes quality, affordable health care and travel benefits up to $4,000 to facilitate access to quality care for several categories of medical treatments and a full range of reproductive health care services, including abortion and fertility treatments.”

Meta

Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta has also joined its tech rivals to express its support for employees in need of out-of-state reproductive care.

The company‘s longtime chief operating officer and the woman responsible for the company’s data harvesting practises condemned the decision on her Facebook page.

“I grew up hearing stories from my mom about what women in our country went through before Roe,” she wrote.

“My Mom had a friend who left the country to get a safe abortion. Most women could not afford to do this; some had back-alley abortions, which led all too often to serious health complications and sometimes even death.

“All women knew that they could possibly face impossible choices between controlling their futures and their health and breaking the law.”

“I never thought my mom’s past would become my daughters’ futures. I cannot believe that I’m going to send my three daughters to college with fewer rights than I had.

“The Supreme Court’s ruling jeopardizes the health and the lives of millions of girls and women across the country.”

She went on to say the new ruling “threatens to undo the progress women have made in the workplace.”

“It will make it harder for women to achieve their dreams,” she wrote.

“And it will disproportionately impact women with the fewest resources. This is a huge setback. For ourselves, our daughters, and every generation that follows, we must keep up the fight. Together, we must protect and expand abortion access.”

Nike

Sportswear giant Nike already has a healthcare policy which covers lodging and expenses for employees seeking health care that is not available in their resident state.

“No matter where our teammates are on their family planning journey — from contraception and abortion coverage, to pregnancy and family-building support through fertility, surrogacy and adoption benefits — we are here to support their decisions,” Nike said in a statement released on Friday.

Snap

Social media company Snap has told its employees it will provide a travel and lodging benefit of up to $10,000 for either themselves or a family member who is covered by their insurance and is wanting an abortion.

“Snap remains committed to supporting access to important health care benefits for our team members, and have worked closely with our benefit providers to cover travel for team members seeking medical treatments, including abortion banned in their state of residence,” the company told Business Insider.

“Our goal is to ensure that all Snap team members are able to get access to the medical care they need, and when they need it.”

Uber

Ride-hailing giant Uber has said it will reimburse any driver who may be sued for providing a woman with transport to an abortion clinic, a CNN report said.

Uber currently already covers travel expenses for access to health care.

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