Controversial US Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade, which provided constitutional protections for Abortion, inspired some companies across the country to take a firm stand on women reproductive rights.
Some companies that remained silent last The Month – On Judge Samuel Elito’s Draft Opinion leaked POLITICO – Speak up for The first On Friday, including The Walt Disney Company, which said it would compensate employees who must travel out of State for an abortion.
Facebook parent Meta, American Express, Bank of America and Goldman Sachs also They said they would cover employee Travel costs while others like Repeat the previous Apple, Starbucks, Lyft and Yelp announcements Take similar actions. Patagonia outdoor clothing maker has gone further post on LinkedIn said Friday that it would provide “training and sponsorship.” for those who peaceful protest for reproductive justiceand time off to me vote.
But of dozens of big Companies reached by The Associated Press (AP) out Friday a lot like McDonald’s, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, General Motors, Tyson and Marriott did not respond. Arkansas-based Wal-Mart – The largest employer in the country with a good part of that it stores in State that immediately trigger miscarriage bans In the wake of Friday’s Supreme Court ruling – also Be calm.
Meanwhile, the business round table, and organization This represents some of more nation powerful Companies, she said “has no position on Advantages of the case.”
There is a lot at stake for many companies of who publicly pledged to promote women’s equality and advancement in Workplace. for those in States with Restrictive abortion laws, they can now face big challenges in Attracting university-educated workers who can easily move Around.
Louis von Ahn, CEO of The language Duolingo app, Friday tweet targeting lawmakers in Pennsylvania, where the company is headquartered: “If the PA makes abortion illegal, we won’t be able to attract talent and we have to grow our offices elsewhere.”
Judgment and the next patch of miscarriage bans also threatening technology bubble in Places like Austin, Texas as companies like Dell who was already become more flexible to remote work Because of narrow work market – struggle For newly minted coins tech Stephen Pedego said, professor who Economic Studies development in the University of Texas in Austin.
“Instead of staying in Austin, do you go to New York, Seattle, or the Bay Area? I think this is real Bidjo said. “It becomes a lot more Challenging, especially when looking at a file younga progressive workforce, which is what technology Workers tend to be like that.”
Emily M. Dickens, President of staff and head of government affairs for the society for human resource management said in Statement that approximately quarter of organizations in A recent opinion poll agreed to provide a health savings account to cover travel for childbirth care in Another country will strengthen ability to me compete for talent.
“But how These policies interact with Unclear state laws, employers should be cerfull of She said the legal risks involved.
Dickens noted that companies use Third-party Responsible for handling claims on On their behalf – usually big Employers – are subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act rather than state law. But companies that should buy their health insurance for Their employees – usually small Business – subject to state regulations and has less flexibility in Design benefits.
Offer to cover travel expenses can also Make companies a target for Anti-abortion lawmakers. In March, Texas Representative Briscoe Cain, a Republican, sent a cease-fire and cease-fire letter to Citigroup, saying he would propose legislation to ban localities. in The state of doing business with Which company offers travel benefits for Employees seeking an abortion.
In his supporting opinion released on Friday, Judge Brett Kavanaugh noted that it would be unconstitutional for A state to prevent residents from traveling to another state to have an abortion.
“in viewThe answer is baseless on “The constitutional right to travel between states,” Kavanaugh wrote.
But the right of the company to finance what would be an illegal act in Another country still in doubt, says Teresa Colette, the law professor in the University of St. Thomas.
She said, “This is not an interstate trade question, per se need The right claimant.
while, tech companies facing Tough questions about what they would do if some of they millions of Client in The United States is being prosecuted for Abortion. Services like Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft work routinely over digital Data required by law enforcement agencies that pursue criminal investigations. This has raised concerns from privacy advocates about enforcers of Abortion laws wiretap period appsphone location Data and other sensitive online health information.
Friday message from four Democrats in Congress called on Federal Trade Commission to investigate phone tracking practices of Google and Apple, warning who – which location identifiers used for Advertising can fall into the hands of prosecutors Or bounty hunters looking to “catch down women who They have had or are seeking an abortion.”
The Supreme Court ruling comes at a time when companies are increasingly becoming certified on women To fill jobs, especially as face National labor shortage. Women’s account now for nearly 50% of workforce in the United States, up significantly from 37.5% in 1970 – Three years before the Supreme Court ruled that abortion was legal in Roe vs. Wade – Depends on the Office of Labor statistics.
to reject access Abortion is possible hit Low-income workers are the hardest because they usually in Careers with Less protection that is also Demanding, from loading groceries to store shelves to act as a health aide.
“directly result of this judgment, more women You will have to choose between paying rent or traveling long distances to receive safe abortion care,” said Mary Kay Henry, international president of Service Personnel International, which represents nearly 2 million cleaners, health care workers and teachers in United States’ work women be already struggling in Poverty-paying jobs without paid vacation and many more also Take charge of caregiving responsibilities for their families, and they are usually unpaid.”
Sarah Nelson, President of Association of The flight attendants told the Associated Press the verdict was “devastating.”
“It cuts to the heart of All the work This is ours union it’s over for 75 years old, she said. “this is decision It’s not about whether or not someone supports an abortion. This is a distraction…it is about whether or not we respect rights of women to determine their own future. “
Maurice Schweizer A professor in the University of The Wharton School in Pennsylvania of Business bunch said of Companies take a stand on Court ruling because customers and employees expect them to speak out.
“they were in this moment in The time when we expect corporate leaders also be leaders in On the political level.” “A lot of Employees expect work in Companies that not only pay them well but their values are compatible with for them.”
But the vast majority of Likely to executives avoid Tricky topic and focus on Things like He said that inflation or supply chain disruptions.
This also comes with Risks.
“They can either support Travel for out-of- State care and risk Lawsuits and anger of Local politicians, or can not include this coverage And the risk fret of Schweizer said.