In response to Roe v. Wade, Google writes to its staff

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In response to the ruling, Google has issued a letter to its employees, urging employees to be respectful and mindful of one another. The letter, which was obtained by The Verge, also states that employees are allowed to relocate “without justification” while encouraging them to seek additional support if necessary. This morning the US Supreme Court issued a ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that rolls back Roe v. Wade.

Following the vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, Google extends its support to its employees. By removing the federal right to an abortion, the decision leaves it up to the states. According to Google, relocations for employees are supported “without explanation.” Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday, eliminating federal safeguards for a pregnant woman’s right to an abortion. The ruling leaves it up to the states to implement their own laws, many of which have outlawed the practise, even though it does not make the process illegal on a federal level.

Highlights

  • Equity is extraordinarily important to us as a company, and we share concerns about the impact this ruling will have on people’s health, lives, and careers. We will keep working to make information on reproductive healthcare accessible across our products and continue our work to protect user privacy.

  • This is a profound change for the country that deeply affects so many of us, especially women. Everyone will respond in their own way, whether that’s wanting space and time to process, speaking up, volunteering outside of work, not wanting to discuss it at all, or something else entirely. Please be mindful of what your co-workers may be feeling and, as always, treat each other with respect.

Many other tech companies have rallied in support of employees. Amazon has previously stated that it would reimburse employees who have to travel for certain medical procedures and treatments (via Reuters). Meta was not immediately available for a response, but the company informed Variety that it would also provide travel reimbursements “to the extent of the law.”

To support Googlers and their dependents, our US benefits plan and health insurance covers out-of-state medical procedures that are not available where an employee lives and works. Googlers can also apply for relocation without justification, and those overseeing this process will be aware of the situation. If you need additional support, please connect 1:1 with a People Consultant via [link to internal tool redacted].

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