US companies are reaffirming their commitment to helping employees access abortions after the shocking leak of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion to overturn Roe v. Wade.
So far, at least 25 states have abortion bans of varying degrees that would take effect immediately upon repeal of Roe v. Wade, putting access to abortion care at risk for millions of American women.
In the aftermath of the SCOTUS leak, clothing maker Levi Strauss & Co. became the latest US company to commit to helping employees find access to abortion services, regardless of whether Roe v Wade is annulled.
The company, where women make up 58% of its workforce, also cited “workplace earnings and contributions” that could be jeopardized by new restrictions on abortion access.
Levi’s stated that “employees are eligible for reimbursement of health care-related travel expenses for services that are not available in their home state, including those related to reproductive health care and abortion.” That includes part-time employees.
“Given what is at stake, business leaders must make their voices heard and act to protect the health and well-being of our employees. That means protecting reproductive rights,” the clothing company added.
Other companies, including Amazon, Citigroup, Bumble, Lyft, Uber, Match Group, Salesforce and Yelp, offer guaranteed access to abortions to employees, according to CNN.
The list also includes Apple and GoDaddy, according to the Financial Post. Dell and Lush have also made similar commitments, according to Business Insider.
Dating site OkCupid tweeted a statement Tuesday that affirmed its commitment and called for more brands to step up.
#RoeVWade being tipped over is unacceptable. OkCupid has been a proud supporter of reproductive rights for years and we’re not stopping now. Gender equality is at stake and more brands must step forward. Tag a brand you want to take action and sign https://t.co/vNANqnhBL4.
OkCupid (@okcupid) May 3, 2022
Still, there are many companies that are unwilling to comment or have not yet responded to the issue. According to the New York Times, Oracle, JPMorgan Chase, Walmart, Disney, Meta, Airbnb, Patagonia and Kroger are among those companies.
Employers could face pressure in the coming weeks to protect their employees’ right to access abortions.
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