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    The Growing List of Companies Paying for Abortion Travel

    Small employers are also paying but they're not making this list.

    One idea some states are coming up with to fight this sort of thing--they want to make it a crime for anyone to help citizens of their state abort. EVEN if that person doesn't reside in their state. Huh? State laws that reach over state lines? Fascinating. Other states are "encouraging surveillance of women." I think a lot of these ideas are going to get shot down in the courts.

    At any rate -- here is the list of major companies, so far. Just this morning I read a white paper that described how a company would be using a workaround when paying an employee's travel fees. The workaround will keep the woman from having to state the purpose of her travels.

    Amazon.com

    The e-commerce giant — which employs 1.6 million workers — said it will reimburse up to $4,000 in travel costs for abortions. "Amazon has expanded the travel and lodging benefit to cover travel for a number of non-life threatening conditions if a provider is not available within 100 miles of an employee's home," an Amazon spokesperson told CBS MoneyWatch in an email.


    Bank of America

    The nation's second-largest bank said it would cover travel costs for employees who need to go out of state to get reproductive services including abortions.
    Bumble

    The dating-app company in September said it was setting up a fund to help organizations that support reproductive rights after Texas — the state where Bumble is based — banned abortion after six weeks of pregnancy.
    BuzzFeed

    The media company is among those announcing they'd pay abortion-related travel expenses, according to the New York Times.
    Cigna

    "Cigna has employees in all 50 states, and we are committed to ensuring that they each have access to comprehensive health care, no matter where they live. We already offer our employees and their families travel reimbursement for certain health services, and we are expanding that benefit to include abortion care, gender-affirming care, and behavioral health services in states where access is restricted," the health insurance provider said in an emailed statement.


    Citigroup

    The bank added the travel benefit to its workplace offerings after several states enacted restrictive reproductive health care laws. "Beginning in 2022 we provide travel benefits to facilitate access to adequate resources," Citigroup stated in a regulatory filing on March 15.
    CNN

    The media company is among those covering abortion-related travel costs for workers, according to the New York Times.
    Comcast

    The parent of NBCUniversal will cover up to $4,000 a trip, and up to three a year, for employee medical travel, with an annual cap of $10,000, the newspaper said.
    Condé Nast

    The magazine publisher is also covering abortion-related travel costs for workers, the Times reported.
    CVS Health

    The drugstore chain has reportedly made out-of-state medical care, including abortion, accessible for employees.
    Dick's Sporting Goods

    After the Supreme Court ruling, the retailer said it will reimburse as much as $4,000 in abortion travel costs "to the nearest location that care is legally available" for workers, their spouses and dependents.
    Estee Lauder

    The cosmetics company said earlier this month it will cover travel and lodging for reproductive health care in the U.S. starting in August.


    Goldman Sachs Group

    The bank reportedly will cover travel costs for U.S.-based employees who need to go out of state to get abortions or gender-affirming care, starting July 1.

    Hewlett Packard

    The company is among those that cover travel costs for medical procedures not available in a worker's home state.
    Ikea US

    The furniture maker said it would expand employee benefits to include travel expense for medical procedures including abortion if unavailable within a reasonable distance.
    JPMorgan Chase

    The nation's biggest bank last week said it will cover the tab of travel to states where abortion remains legal starting in July.
    Kroger

    The grocer, based in Ohio, is providing up to $4,000 to cover travel to a range of medical procedures, including abortion and fertility treatments.
    New York Times

    The newspaper said it would expand its medical coverage to include abortion-related and gender-affirming care travel, as well as other procedures not available within 100 miles of an employee's home.
    Lyft

    The ride-hailing company's U.S. medical benefits plan includes coverage for elective abortion and reimbursement for travel costs if an employee must travel more than 100 miles for an in-network provider.
    Match Group

    Shar Dubey, the CEO of the Dallas-based company, in 2021 set up a fund to help any of the company's Texas workers who might need to travel out of state for an abortion.

    MasterCard

    "We will continue to offer employees access to the same health care that is available today wherever they live," a spokesperson for MasterCard stated in an email. That includes family planning.
    Meta Platforms

    The owner of Facebook and Instagram said it would reimburse travel expenses "to the extent permitted by law" for those who need to access out-of-state health care and reproductive services.
    Microsoft

    The technology company extended its financial support for "critical healthcare" including abortions to include covering travel expenses for such procedures.
    Paramount

    The media conglomerate, the owner of CBS News, told employees in an email following the Supreme Court decision that the company would cover travel costs to get a legal abortion.
    Patagonia

    The outdoor apparel company said it would cover the cost of medical insurance for full- and part-time workers, including abortion care. "Where restrictions exist, travel, lodging and food are covered," the company said. It also vowed to cover "training and bail for those who peacefully protest for reproductive justice."
    Paypal

    The money transfer company decided to pay for employees to travel for abortions if necessary after the Texas Supreme Court upheld a law prohibiting abortion after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, something that can happen within six weeks of pregnancy.
    Procter & Gamble

    Procter & Gamble said its new travel policy will cover workers who can't access care from a provider within a 50-mile radius, and will take effect on January 1. The conglomerate, which makes household products such as Pampers and Tide, employs 26,000 people in the U.S. and is based in Ohio, which has an abortion ban.

    Salesforce

    CEO Marc Benioff in September said the software company would help employees who wanted to leave Texas because of the state's abortion restrictions.
    Starbucks

    The coffee shop chain in May said it was expanding its existing medical insurance to cover costs for those who don't have access to abortions within 100 miles of home.
    Target

    Target told its roughly 450,000 U.S. workers that it would reimburse travel costs related to any covered medical procedure that isn't available nearby, starting in July. The discount retailer, headquartered in Minneapolis, operates about 2,000 stores across the country.

    Tesla

    The electric vehicle maker started offering "travel and lodging support for those who may need to seek healthcare services that are unavailable in their home state" last year, Tesla said in its 2021 impact report.

    Uber

    The ride-hailing company said it's committed to covering travel costs for employees to access healthcare services and it would cover legal costs for drivers to provide transportation to clinics.

    Vox Media

    The company expanded its reproductive care coverage to include a reimbursement of up to $1,500 for travel-related costs, a decision kept separate from its coverage of the issue, its CEO told the New York Times.

    Walt Disney

    The theme park operator on Friday pledged to cover travel costs for "family planning" for employees who can't access care where they live, including "pregnancy-related decisions." Disney employs 195,000.
    Yelp

    The app for crowdsourced business reviews said in early April it would pay for employees' travel costs if they need to go out of state to get an abortion.
    Yahoo

    The web services provider told workers in May it would reimburse up to $5,000 in costs for traveling more than 100 miles to access medical procedures, including abortion and contraceptive care.

    Zendesk

    The company in May said it would provide up to $3,000 annually for U.S. employees who need to travel for reproductive care, including abortion.
    Zillow

    The real estate site updated its health plan as of June 1 to reimburse employees up to $7,500 each time significant travel is needed to access health care, including reproductive services or gender-affirming care.
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    More power to them, I guess. The nice thing about it, I guess, would be, taxpayers won't be paying for these abortions any more.
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    Company vows support for employees who give birth in response to employers covering abortion costs

    Buffer Insurance condemned "secular" companies' response to the end of Roe v. Wade, vowing instead to support female employees who get pregnant and even cover the costs of giving birth.

    The Texas-based company vowed to offer maternity and paternity leave to employees who have children, as well as cover the costs of their female employees giving birth. The company also promised to help out employees seeking to adopt children....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abby08 View Post
    More power to them, I guess. The nice thing about it, I guess, would be, taxpayers won't be paying for these abortions any more.

    True. Taxpayers should never be on the hook for abortions.
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    Everything points to Arizona being one of the states that bans abortion all together but, every adjoining state, will still allow them, restriction free.
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    That's huge!

    I wonder how many employees they have?
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    For companies it is to their economic benefit to kill the baby and get the worker back on the job.

    So I am sure this is mostly political but it does benefit them.

    I wonder if that is used in the interview now?

    And if you get pregnant then we will pay for you to go kill the kid and get you back to work the next day!
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    Companies can provide it if they want. people can travel where ever they want.

    If one doesn't want to shop there they have the boycott right.


    Now, why would companies pay for it? Oh yes! It is cheaper than children/paid leave and people don't miss work. Don't let them fool you on why.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Abby08 View Post
    Everything points to Arizona being one of the states that bans abortion all together but, every adjoining state, will still allow them, restriction free.

    Kansas is going to vote on August 2 whether to adopt an abortion ban.

    That's probably what they ought to have all states do to ensure that the laws represent the residents in each state.
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