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US Companies Come In Support Of Workers On Abortion

While the decision has sparked global debate with US President Joe Biden criticising the regressive ruling, tech giants such as Microsoft and Amazon have started changing company norms in order to support women staff for abortions

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 In a controversial decision by the Supreme Court of the United States on Friday, the abortion rights of US women have been taken away. The top court overturned the landmarks Roe vs. Wade decision and ended nearly 50 years of constitutional protection to abortion rights. The ruling is now expected to result in abortion bans in about half of the states in America.

While the decision has sparked global debate with US President Joe Biden criticising the regressive ruling, tech giants such as Microsoft and Amazon have started changing company norms in order to support women staff for abortions.

Here’s a look at how top firms reacted to the controversial ruling: -


1. Microsoft

Microsoft said that it would expand its healthcare reimbursement programme to include travel if an employee could not access healthcare because it was not available nearby. The company said the move would “support employees and their enrolled dependents in accessing critical health care — which already includes services like abortion and gender-affirming care — regardless of where they live across the US."


2. Netflix

Netflix also promised financial support to its employees in the form of abortion care and travel, lodging, and food. It is also offering training and bail for people who peacefully protest for reproductive justice.


3. Amazon

Amazon on May 2nd had told its employees in the US that it would cover up to USD 4,000 travel expenses related to medical procedures including abortion services.


4. Zoom

Zoom’s employee benefits in the US already include reproductive care coverage and coverage of travel more than 100 miles from home for medical services.


5. Starbucks

Starbucks on May 16 had said that it would reimburse travel expenses for employees and their dependents should they need to travel more than 100 miles to receive an abortion or access gender-affirming care.

“Regardless of what the Supreme Court ends up deciding, we will always ensure our partners have access to quality healthcare," the company had stated.


6. Apple

The company has said it will cover the cost of abortions and travel for treatment for its retail workers.


7. Gucci

The fashion house in a statement said that it would reimburse travel expenses for US employees “who need access to health care not available in their home state." The statement also said that the company “remains steadfast in its belief that access to reproductive health care is a fundamental human right."


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