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Companies that pay travel expenses for abortions: Tesla, Amazon, Citi on a small but growing list

By on May 7, 2022 0

Texas-based Tesla Inc. is one of a small but growing number of U.S. companies offering to cover travel costs for employees who must cross state lines for medical care, including abortion.

The companies are offering these benefits as the state and federal abortion policy landscape in the United States is changing. Texas implemented the nation’s toughest abortion law last November when it banned abortion after six weeks of pregnancy and delegated citizens to enforce the rule. Other states including Idaho, Florida and Oklahoma have passed laws tightening access to the process in recent months.

Earlier this week, a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion indicated that the court may be preparing to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 precedent that established a constitutional right to abortion.

The 67-page draft, first reported Monday by Politico, said Roe was “grossly false and deeply damaging.”

Chief Justice John Roberts said in a statement Tuesday that the draft, drafted in February, was not necessarily the final resolution of the case. The court is expected to deliver its opinion in late June or early July.

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If Roe v. Wade is overruled, it would open the door to tougher state restrictions, including procedural bans.

Companies offering to help employees travel for abortions may be on safe legal ground at the moment, but that could change.

Texas abortion law extends liability to abortion clinics and physicians, as well as those who assist in abortions. Oklahoma and Idaho have passed similar legislation. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed the law into law this week, and the Idaho law has been temporarily stalled in court. Some lawmakers, meanwhile, pushed back on the company’s new policies.

19 August 2021, Berlin: A Tesla charging station in a Tesla showroom bears the manufacturer’s logo. Photo: Christophe Gateau/dpa (Photo by Christophe Gateau/picture alliance via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Here’s a look at some of the companies that have expanded the benefits:

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Tesla, TSLA -0.87%▼, which announced the move of its headquarters last October to Austin, Texas, said in its 2021 “Impact Report” that the company has an “offer of extended health insurance which includes travel and accommodation assistance for those who may need to seek health services that are not available in their home country.” Tesla did not respond to a request for comment on Friday.

Amazon

Amazon.com Inc., headquartered in Seattle, told employees it would reimburse up to $4,000 a year for travel expenses for medical treatment, including abortions, which employees cannot access within 100 miles of their home.

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Citigroup

Citigroup Inc., in a proxy filing for its April shareholder meeting, said that starting this year it is offering travel benefits to employees to seek resources due to changes in healthcare laws. of reproductive health. More than 10,000 full-time and part-time Citi employees live in Texas.

Yelp

Yelp Inc., based in San Francisco, offers employees and their dependents financial assistance through insurance if they have to travel out of state to have an abortion. Yelp’s YELP -4.34%▼ health insurance currently covers abortion care.

Apple

Tech giant Apple Inc., which is expanding its presence in Austin with a new $1 billion, 3 million square foot campus, also said its health insurance policies cover abortion services and fees. travel if necessary.

Levi Strauss

California-based Levi Strauss & Co. said it will reimburse medical travel expenses for full-time and part-time employees.

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Match and Bumble

Match Group Inc., the parent company of dating apps such as Tinder, OkCupid and Hinge, and dating app company Bumble Inc. set up funds last year to help employees needing to travel outside from Texas for abortions. Both companies are based in Texas.