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As the nation continues to grapple with the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 case that guaranteedin the USA, over 100 companies responded to the ruling by showing their support for reproductive rights.
More than 118 companies publicly responded to the decision by addressing women’s health needs through expanded reproductive health benefits, Fortune reported. Companies like Uber and Tesla will support their employees by guaranteeing pay for anyone who needs to travel out of state to receive reproductive health treatments.
The court’s decision gave states the power to enact their own abortion laws, of which there are manyaccess to abortion. At least eight states have bans in place now, and a dozen more will soon implement bans or near-total bans.
Since the opinion was released, several prominent executives from the technology, entertainment and other industries have spoken out. Some companies have also said they will cover travel expenses for employees who do not have access to abortion where they live.
Here’s what the companies and their leaders have said so far.
What executives say and companies do
apple: The iPhone maker said it supports “employees’ rights to make their own decisions about their reproductive health.”
“For more than a decade, Apple’s comprehensive benefits have allowed our employees to travel out of state for medical care if it is not available in their home state,” an Apple spokesperson said.
box: CEO Aaron Levie shared a statement from the file sharing and cloud storage company, saying he was disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“In light of this decision, we want to reaffirm that Box will continue to support paid time off and will also cover travel and medical expenses for employees to receive critical reproductive health services,” Levie said in a statement shared on Twitter. “We remain committed to creating a safe, fair and inclusive workplace for all boxers.”
Bumble: In a blog post, executive director Whitney Wolfe said “when you’re stripped of your ability to choose if, when, and how you have children, you’re stripped of your bodily autonomy.” Wolfe said the dating app will support organizations dedicated to reproductive rights, including financial contributions to the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
bungie: Game studio Bungie said it was “unwavering” in its “commitment to stand up for reproductive choice and freedom.”
In a blog post, the company said it will implement a travel reimbursement program for employees to use when they or their dependents cannot access needed health care where they live.
Disney: Disney told employees it is “committed to providing comprehensive access to quality and affordable care,” including family planning and pregnancy termination.
The company offers travel benefits that allow employees to access medical treatments that may not be available at their location, a Disney spokesperson said. All US employees who opt into Disney’s health care plan are eligible, including park and resort cast members.
Google: In a company-wide email reported by CNBC on June 24, Google’s chief people officer, Fiona Cicconi, told employees that they can request to relocate without an excuse. She also pointed out that company benefits in the US cover medical procedures out of state that are not available where the employee lives and works. That benefit also covers dependents, she said.
Overturning Roe is “a profound change for the country that deeply affects many of us, especially women,” the memo said.
“Capital is extremely important to us as a company, and we share concerns about the impact of this ruling on people’s health, lives and careers. We will continue to work to make reproductive health information available in all our products and continue our work to protect privacy user.”
Last month, members of Congress sent a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichaifrom its users, because it can be used to identify people who want to have an abortion.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the memo published by CNBC.
lime: The bike and scooter rental company said all “U.S.-based Lima medical plans cover abortion as an important component of women’s health care,” in tweet on June 24. Lime added that it will add travel benefits for employees in states that “prevent access to adequate resources for their health.”
Match Group: The company, which owns popular dating services Tinder, Match, OkCupid and others, said it is committed to providing safe access to abortion care for all of its employees.
In October 2021, the company partnered with Planned Parenthood Los Angeles to provideafter the state passed a restrictive abortion law. The company is exploring ways to expand this partnership to all of its US staff, a Match Group spokesperson said.
The company’s health care plans also now help cover travel and lodging expenses for employees who may need to travel out of state for medical care, the spokesman said.
target: In a social media post, Met CEO Sheryl Sandberg said the ruling “threatens the health and lives of millions of girls and women” across the US.
“I can’t believe I’m going to send my three daughters off to college with less rights than I had,” Sandberg wrote. This is a big setback. For ourselves, our daughters and every generation that follows, we must continue the fight.”
The tech company is also reportedly looking at ways to cover travel expenses for employees seeking abortions outside their home state. “We are in the process of evaluating how best to do this given the legal complexities involved,” a spokesperson for Meta told CNN. Meta did not respond to a request for additional comment.
Microsoft: The tech company “will continue to do everything we can under the law to support our employees and their dependents in accessing critical health care — which already includes services such as abortion and gender affirmation care — regardless of where they live across the U.S.,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. This includes “assistance with the costs of these and other legal medical services” when care is limited in the employee’s home region.
Mozilla: The tech company said it is committed to providing a wide range of health and wellness benefits to employees, including abortion services. In a June 24 post on LinkedIn, the company said it will also cover travel expenses.
“Effective July 1, 2022, our US medical plans will include travel benefits for employees and their dependents who do not have this service available within 75 miles of their home,” the post said. “All of our health care plans currently offer reproductive health benefits that include abortion, and we have no plans to change that.”
Uber: On Friday, the company reiterated to U.S. employees that it provides “a range of reproductive health benefits, including termination of pregnancy and travel expenses to access health care,” a spokesman said.
“We will also continue to stand behind drivers, covering legal costs if any driver is sued under state law for providing transportation on our platform to a clinic,” an Uber spokesperson said.
Companyafter Texas passed Senate Bill 8, a bill banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. It allows individuals to sue people who assist with abortions, including doctors and people who drive someone seeking an abortion to a clinic.
shout: Said Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO and co-founder of Yelp in a tweet that the Supreme Court’s ruling “puts women’s health at risk, denies them their human rights, and threatens to destroy the progress we’ve made toward gender equality in the workplace since Roe.” He called on business leaders to speak out against the “wave of abortion bans” sparked by the decision and call on Congress to codify abortion rights into law.
In April, the company expanded its health insurance, which already included abortion care, to provide travel benefits to US employees and their dependents who may need to seek care outside the state. In 2018, Yelp also made efforts to reduce misinformation on its review page and ensure it accurately categorizes reproductive health providers, which offer abortion services, and so-called crisis pregnancy centers, which do not.
More reactions to the overturning of Roe v. Wade
Alexis Ohanian: The co-founder of Reddit, who is married to tennis star Serena Williams, was questioned in a series of tweets whether the Supreme Court will go further and overturn Loving v. Virginia, the landmark 1967 civil rights decision that legalized interracial marriage.
“‘Let the states decide’ they said — so they said interracial marriage is illegal — even sending newlyweds to jail for it. This only stopped happening in America 55 years ago, folks,” Ohanian tweeted, referencing to laws against interracial marriage before the high court’s decision in Loving v. Virginia. “Fifty-five years ago I could have gone to prison for marrying the woman I love.”
Bill Gates: U tweetthe Microsoft co-founder said overturning Roe v. Wade “is an unjust and unacceptable setback. And it puts the lives of women, especially the most vulnerable, at risk.”
Hillary Clinton: U tweet, the former secretary of state said, “Most Americans believe that the decision to have a child is one of the most sacred decisions there is, and that such decisions should remain between patients and their doctors.” Clinton added that the Supreme Court’s decision “will live in infamy as a step backward for women’s rights and human rights.”
Michelle Obama: Former first lady Michelle Obama said in a statement posted on social media that she was “heartbroken for people across this country who have just lost their basic right to make informed decisions about their own bodies.” She called the decision “appalling” and “devastating,” but encouraged people to take action by getting involved with organizations including Planned Parenthood and The United State of Women.