These US Companies Will Pay Abortion-Related Travel Expenses for Staff
Numerous companies have announced they will provide financial assistance to employees traveling for abortions.
As some states ban or regulate abortion following the Dobbs decision, numerous companies have announced they will provide financial assistance to employees traveling for abortions.
In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Supreme Court ruled June 24 that the right to an abortion is not protected under the U.S. Constitution; states are thus now able to ban abortion.
Many states already have enacted trigger laws to ban abortion immediately, while the practice remains legal in others.
Some prominent corporations have announced they will support employees in states where they cannot procure abortion by covering travel costs through their health insurance.
Dick’s Sporting Goods announced June 24 that it will provide up to $4,000 in travel reimbursements to any employee, spouse or dependent enrolled in its medical plan seeking an abortion in states where it is illegal.
“We recognize people feel passionately about this topic – and that there are teammates and athletes who will not agree with this decision,” the company said. The statement also noted that it believes these decisions are “deeply personal.”
Some companies, including Starbucks and Levi Strauss and Co., will fully reimburse expenses for women seeking legal access to abortion. A Starbucks statement says, “We will provide partners enrolled in Starbucks healthcare plan a medical travel reimbursement benefit to access an abortion.”
Other companies making similar offers, The Hill reported, include Amazon, Yelp, Microsoft, Apple, Netflix, Tesla, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Mastercard, Lyft, Disney, Meta, Comcast, Airbnb, Patagonia, DoorDash, PayPal, Reddit, Meta, Zillow and Uber.
Some of the firms had announced travel assistance for abortion before the Dobbs ruling was released, in reaction either to the May 2 leak of a draft of the decision or the Texas law banning abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.
- pro-abortion companies