Major U.S. companies, including Meta and JPMorgan, said on Friday they would pay for travel for employees seeking legal abortions outside their state. Supreme Court issues a ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.
In recent weeks, several companies, including Amazon and Starbucks, have Announcing expansion of health benefits Pay for travel expenses incurred by workers seeking an abortion if an abortion is not available near where they live.
JPMorgan Chase notified U.S. employees that it would pay for travel for those seeking abortions who do not have legal access to abortion procedures in their home countries, according to a June 1 memo to employees. ABC News.
The company will begin offering travel services next month, according to the company’s webpage detailing the policy.JPMorgan Chase Memo First reported by CNBC.
A spokesman for Facebook’s parent company Meta confirmed to ABC News that it plans to provide similar travel expenses for some employees seeking abortions.
“To the extent permitted by law, we intend to provide travel reimbursement for employees who require them to access out-of-state health care and reproductive services,” a spokesperson said. “Given the legal complexities involved, we are evaluating how best to do that.”
Companies including Tesla, Citigroup, Apple and Salesforce have expanded abortion coverage for employees in recent weeks to include travel expenses if necessary.
Meanwhile, ride-sharing companies Lyft and Uber have vowed to provide legal support if drivers face lawsuits over driving passengers to have abortions.
“We believe that access to health care is critical and that transportation should not be a barrier to access to health care,” a Lyft spokesperson told ABC News in a statement Friday after the ruling. “This decision will deprive millions of women of access to safe and private reproductive health care.”
Lauren Hobart, president and CEO of retailer Dick’s Sporting Goods, said friday The company will provide up to $4,000 to cover travel expenses for employees and their spouses or dependents who must travel abroad for an abortion. The company refers to its employees as teammates.
“We recognise that there is a lot of enthusiasm around this topic – and that some teammates and athletes will not agree with this decision,” Hobart said in a statement. “However, we also recognise that decisions involving health and family are very personal. It’s mellow and well thought out.”
Friday morning, Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade in a 5-4 vote, a 1973 decision that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion. In the opinion, Justice Samuel Alito called Roy “very wrong from the start.”
On Friday, some business leaders criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling and called on their counterparts to do the same.
Yelp co-founder and CEO Jeremy Stoppelman blasted the decision on Friday.
“This ruling puts women’s health at risk, deprives them of their human rights, and threatens to undermine the progress we’ve made towards gender equality in the workplace since Roy,” Stoppelman told ABC News. said in a statement shared by News.
“Business leaders must stand up for the health and safety of their employees, speak out against the wave of abortion bans this decision will spark, and call on Congress to codify Roe’s case into law,” he added.
In addition to its impact on gender equality, the ruling has a negative impact on the economy, said Sallie Krawcheck, chief executive of Ellevest, which develops an investing app aimed at women.
“As the CEO of a financial company built for women, made up of women – with a workforce of more than 80% women – I know the importance of being in control of our money, our choices and our future,” Klauchek tweeted.
“Access to reproductive health care is a human rights issue, but as we’ve seen time and time again, it doesn’t seem to be enough to destabilize some people who are capable of defending this right,” she added. “How about this: Reproductive rights affect us all — because it affects our economy.”
Condé Nast Chief Executive Roger Lynch said the Supreme Court ruling included an attack on reproductive rights, and the company told employees on Friday that it would strengthen health insurance, including for those seeking abortions. travel expenses.
“Today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the constitutional right to abortion, allowing states to more aggressively regulate or outright ban abortion procedures,” he said in a memo to employees. “This is a heavy blow to reproductive rights that have been protected for nearly half a century.”