of companies will cover travel costs for their employees wishing to have an abortion

Published on : 25/06/2022 – 16:45

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision that paved the way for the legalization of abortion in the United States, several American companies announced on Friday June 24 that they were committed to covering the travel expenses of their employees who would have to travel to have a pregnancy termination. Between them are Disney, Netflix, Meta (the parent company of Facebook) and the bank JPMorgan Chase&Co.

Only a few hours later the announcement of the Supreme Court’s decisionin particular Disney, Meta or even Dick’s Sporting Goods have reacted: these companies are committed to maintaining access to quality health care for their employees, which includes abortion and, if it is necessary to travel to a another State, travel expenses reimbursed.

Other companies such as Yelp, Microsoft, Tesla or Apple have also already indicated that they will also cover these costs. Several States should restrict access to abortion, or even ban it. This would force women to go where abortion is still allowed if necessary.

On the side of Meta, Facebook’s parent company, we continue to assess ” the best way to do this given the legal complexities involved “, according to a spokesperson. Because these companies could indeed expose themselves to lawsuits from anti-abortion groups and Republican states, and even to criminal sanctions.

At Lyft, the VTC platform, we assure that drivers will be legally covered if they transport customers who want to undergo the medical procedure in another state. Because ” no driver is under any obligation to ask where their passengers are going or why “said a spokesperson.

According to Lauren Hobart, the boss of Dick’s Sporting Goods, the main sports equipment retailer in the United States will pay up to 4,000 dollars (3,789 euros) to its employees and family members for an abortion procedure , if a trip is necessary.

The list of companies offering similar measures to its employees includes Alaska Air Group, Johnson & Johnson, Netflix, dating apps OKCupid and Bumble, as well as the first American bank JPMorgan Chase&Co.

(with agencies)

Read also : Right to abortion: “For the first time, the Supreme Court takes away an established right”

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