Companies like Amazon and Apple will pay for employee travel expenses for abortions

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Various companies have announced in the past they will support their employees following restrictive abortion laws previously passed in states like Texas and Oklahoma, as well as after a leaked memo of a draft opinion by Justice Samuel Alito indicating the court was prepared to to overturn Roe v. Wade, which the Court ultimately did on Friday. Stay informed about local news and weather. Get the NBC 4 New York app for iOS or Android and pick your alerts. Below are just some of the companies that announced they will help employees who must travel out-of-state in order to get an abortion:

The famous Roe v. Wade decision, which upheld the constitutional right to an abortion and was followed for over 50 years, was overturned by the US Supreme Court on Friday, shocking both the nation and the world. While many people in America worried about their access to an abortion, the reactions were quick, with leaders and groups reacting right away to the decision. In light of this, a number of businesses, including Amazon, Apple, and JP Morgan, have declared their willingness to pay employees’ travel expenses so they can lawfully seek abortion services outside of their home states.

Highlights

  • The dating app Bumble, which is based in Austin, created a relief fund for people seeking an abortion in the state. “Bumble is women-founded and women-led, and from day one we’ve stood up for the most vulnerable. We’ll keep fighting against regressive laws like #SB8,” the company tweeted, referring to the Texas anti-abortion law. The Match CEO, Shar Dubey told employees that she would personally create a fund to support Texas-based workers who had to leave the state for care, a spokesperson confirmed to CNBC. Match also owns Hinge, Tinder, and OKCupid.

  • Amazon.com Inc. will pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses for abortions and other non-life threatening medical procedures. The benefit applies if the medical care is not available within 100 miles of an employee’s home, Reuters reported. Among other procedures covered: cardiology, cellular gene therapies and substance-abuse disorder programs. The benefit is retroactive to Jan. 1. For life-threatening medical problems, Amazon offers to $10,000 in travel reimbursements. The maker of the iPhone said its health insurance provider will cover travel and medical costs of employees who want to get an abortion. Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook announced the benefit in September 2021 after the Texas anti-abortion law went into effect. That law says that except for medical emergencies, doctors may not perform an abortion if they have “detected a fetal heartbeat for the unborn child” though what constitutes a heartbeat is a matter of debate. It can be enforced by ordinary citizens filing lawsuits against anyone who aids an abortion. Cook previously spoke during a meeting for all of the tech giant’s 160,000 employees across the world, a recording of which The New York Times obtained.

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