know about The position of major companies regarding reproductive health care policies
It is becoming harder every time for companies to remain silent on controversial social issues: Take the bitter LGBTQ-related standoff between The Walt Disney Company and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) as a recent example.
The latest blurring of the lines between business and politics, however, was sparked by the leaked draft majority opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is about to strike down federal abortion rights protected under the 1973 law. Roe vs. Wade. this is where tech giants and leading companies be so far:
Airbnb: ‘We will work to make sure our employees have the resources they need’
In a request for comment on the leaked review and its resulting expected effect on employee health care, vacation rental company Airbnb said The banner of San Francisco that the company’s “health care coverage supports reproductive rights and we will work to ensure that our employees have the resources they need to make decisions about their reproductive rights, as we got engaged last fall” in the wake of Extreme six-week abortion ban in Texas.
Amazon: up to $4,000 a year in travel expenses
Amazon, the country’s second-largest private employer, has offered to cover up to $4,000 a year in travel expenses for employees seeking non-threatening medical care, including abortions, if such care is not available within 100 miles of their residence and virtual care is not possible.
Apple: ‘Active monitoring of legal proceedings’
Tech giant Apple, which has a large presence in Texas, has said her health insurance covers both abortions and related travel expenses. It appears that Apple’s policy has been in place since at least September 2021, when it confirmed to TechCrunch that he was alert to the legal challenges surrounding the Texas ban.
“We are actively monitoring legal proceedings challenging the exceptionally restrictive abortion law in Texas,” Apple wrote in a memo to employees. “In the meantime, we want to remind you that our benefits at Apple are comprehensive and allow our employees to travel out of state for medical care if it is not available in their home state.”
Bumble and Match Group: ‘We strongly believe in women’s right to choose’
Online dating app Bumble commented on Monday’s draft leak the following night. “Today’s headlines about the leaked draft opinion to repeal abortion rights in the United States are deeply disturbing,” the company said. wrote On twitter. “At Bumble, we strongly believe in women’s right to choose and exercise complete control over their bodies.”
In September, both Bumble and dating app service Match Group separately advertised each would launch relief funds for Texas employees who need out-of-state abortion services. “As I’ve said before, the company generally doesn’t take political positions unless it’s relevant to our business,” Match Group CEO Shar Dubey said in a memo at the time. “But in this case, I personally, as a woman in Texas, couldn’t keep quiet.”
Citigroup: A Target of House Republicans
In March, Citigroup became the first big bank to announce that it would pay travel expenses for employees affected by the abortion ban in Texas, where it employs more than 8,000 workers. “In response to changes in reproductive health care laws in certain US states, beginning in 2022 we are providing travel benefits to facilitate access to appropriate resources,” the bank said. said in a presentation.
Citigroup was subsequently criticized for its decision; House of Republicans urged the United States to cancel government contracts with the bank, and a Texas legislator threatened introduce a bill that prevents Citigroup from underwriting municipal bonds.
CVS Health: ‘We’ve made out-of-state care accessible and affordable’
In response to a request for comments on the draft opinion of FortuneCVS offered the following: “We are monitoring the situation closely and evaluating how we can best support the coverage needs of our colleagues, clients and consumers. We have made out-of-state care accessible and affordable for employees in states that have instituted more restrictive laws.
Levi Strauss: ‘Business leaders need to make their voices heard’
“Given the stakes, business leaders must make their voices heard and act to protect the health and well-being of our employees,” Levi Strauss wrote in a statement. statement released on Wednesday. “That means protecting reproductive rights.” The clothing brand is also reimbursing employees for travel expenses incurred while seeking health care services not available in their state, including abortions. Part-time hourly workers can also apply for reimbursement.
Salesforce: Helping Employee Families Move Out of Texas
Software company Salesforce offered in September to help employees and their families move out of Texas after the passage of its abortion law.
Salesforce did not take an explicit position on the Texas law in its statement, CNN recorded at the time.
Uber and Lyft: creation of legal defense funds
Both Uber and Lyft announced in September that they would create legal defense funds to help drivers sued under Texas law, which financially incentivizes and authorizes private citizens to sue anyone who aids or abets an abortion (including ride-sharing campaigns) after six weeks of pregnancy. both companies recently extended the same coverage to drivers in Oklahoma.
Lyft also previously committed to donate $1 million to Family Planning. “We’ve made our perspective on this very clear,” said Lyft co-founder and chairman John Zimmer. The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, after the escape. “So we will continue to look for ways to make a difference, speak up and, most importantly, take action.”
UTA: ‘The right to choose… has been a foundation’
Hollywood’s United Talent Agency also responded to the draft ruling by notifying its employees that it would reimburse travel expenses related to reproductive health services that are inaccessible within their state. “We’re doing this to support the right to choose that has been the bedrock of established law for nearly half a century,” said CEO Jeremy Zimmer. said in a memo to employees. “Several states have already introduced restrictive legislation, and the draft Supreme Court ruling that was leaked yesterday, if passed, could make abortion illegal in more than half the country.”
Yelp: ‘Turning Back the Clock…Will Have a Seismic Impact’
The Yelp online review website has been open in his opposition to the annulment of Roewarning that such a court decision would have a “seismic impact on our society and economy”.
“Turning back the clock on the progress women have made in the last 50 years will have a seismic impact on our society and economy,” Yelp continued in his statement on the matter. “This goes against the will of the vast majority of Americans who agree that reproductive care decisions should be made by women and their physicians.” The company also asked Congress to codify Roe in law
Prior to Monday night’s leak, Yelp had announced that it would be covering expenses for female employees and their spouses who must travel out of state for abortion services. The policy came in response to a restrictive six-week ban outside of Texas, but the benefit extends to employees in other states as well. Mirian Warren, the company’s director of diversity, has said Yelp isn’t concerned about backlash.
According to a Wednesday report from The New York Timescompanies that appear yet to comment directly Included in the draft resolution are PricewaterhouseCoopers, Oracle, JP Morgan Chase, Walmart, Disney, ThirdLove, PatagoniaKroger and Meta (although Sheryl Sandberg published in Facebookwriting that “this is a terrifying day for women across our country”).
Seems Microsoft has also gone silent. in an expected Roe reversal, though company co-founder and billionaire Bill Gates chimed in on Twitter: