Overturning Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court today ruled that the Constitution does not protect the right to abortion in the United States. There were hints of the decision’s conclusion months before it was made public, but it is only now that its full impact on the larger IT sector is becoming apparent.
The Supreme Court found that the Constitution “includes no reference to abortion” and that “no such right is implicitly guaranteed by any fundamental provision.” Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, a 1992 Supreme Court ruling defending abortion rights, were thrown down by Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the majority opinion with other conservative justices including Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
At issue in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization was a Mississippi legislation that prohibited practically all abortions beyond 15 weeks of pregnancy. This case was the catalyst for today’s decision. In anticipation of Roe’s demise, over 20 states developed identical legislation prohibiting or severely restricting abortion and announced their determination to implement them once the Supreme Court’s decision was made official.
When it comes to providing healthcare to its workers and their families, Microsoft says it will “do all [it] can under the law,” according to a Microsoft representative. Abortion and “gender-affirming” treatment were already covered in the company’s health insurance before to the ruling, and this would not change. Expenses for “lawful medical services” that are “restricted in availability” in an employee’s home geographic location will continue to be reimbursed by Microsoft.
As of June 8th, 2022, eBay will compensate workers and their beneficiaries for travel to the United States for abortion treatment if it is not readily accessible where they live. The procedure will be handled by the firm’s healthcare providers to ensure anonymity, according to the corporation.
Ebay has always maintained its commitment to providing its workers with access to healthcare in a fair, timely, and comprehensive manner.” A spokesman confirmed that our plans have always offered coverage for reproductive health, gender affirmation therapies, and other healthcare services.
On Friday, Momentive (previously SurveyMonkey) informed its staff that it would pay travel expenses for employees and their dependents seeking abortion, infertility, or gender-affirming medical treatment, among other benefits. Both Netflix and Twilio promise to cover the costs of workers who must travel to have abortions; Twilio has pledged $100,000 to the Center for Reproductive Rights in the process.
a Netflix spokeswoman said: “Netflix provides a travel reimbursement coverage via our US health plans for U.S. full-time workers and their families who need to travel for cancer treatment, transplants, gender affirming care, or abortion”. “Each employee and/or their families are entitled to a $10,000 lifetime stipend.”
Last November, Airbnb said that it would provide financial and other help to any Airbnb Host who was found to be in violation of US anti-abortion legislation. Reproductive rights are supported by Airbnb’s US health insurance and we have taken efforts to ensure our workers have the tools they need to make decisions about their reproductive care, a spokesman said.
Twitter refused to respond to questions.
Before the Supreme Court’s judgement, a number of IT corporations had similar rules. For “essential reproductive healthcare services,” Box, which in a statement said it was “disappointed” with the verdict, offered paid time off and travel and medical costs. Benefits provided by Apple include travel expenses to get medical treatment outside of the United States. In addition, Salesforce allows its workers to migrate if they or their families are affected by regulations that limit their access to reproductive healthcare.
It has been publicly revealed that Bumble and The Match Group, which operates dating apps such as Hinge and Match.com, are establishing funds for workers who must travel to get abortion treatment. A portion of Bumble’s profits will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.
A legal defence fund has been established by both Uber and Lyft for drivers located in Texas or Oklahoma who have been charged for driving a pregnant woman to an abortion appointment.
Drivers in additional states will now be covered by Lyft’s increased finances. “Transportation should never be a barrier to healthcare access, in our opinion.” According to a Lyft spokeswoman, this decision would harm millions of women by denying them access to secure and confidential reproductive treatment. Expanding our legal defence commitment to additional states if they approve comparable legislation is a step we’ve already made in Texas and Oklahoma. It is unacceptable for a driver to have to question a passenger where they are going or why they are going.
Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase both cover the costs of business trips to places where abortion is legal. Other companies like Amazon and Amazon have offered to pay up to $4,000 annually in travel fees for workers seeking “non-threatening” medical treatment, such as abortions.
However, it is vital to highlight that many companies—even those that officially support abortion rights or give abortion benefits—have contributed to campaigns that advocate abortion restrictions. Over $6.2 million has been donated to the Republican Party, and over half a million has been donated to Republican candidates in Texas alone. Over the last several years, Yelp, Uber, and Lyft have also donated tens of thousands of dollars to anti-abortion legislators.
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