Roe v. Wade overturned: Here companies pay travel expenses for abortions for employees

After the Supreme Court ruled Friday in Roe v. Wade, corporate giants across a range of industries pledged to provide support and financial support for employees – and in some cases their dependents – seeking abortions in states that ban the procedure.

The court’s decision to reverse the nearly 50-year-old landmark ruling that protected the federal constitutional right to abortion is expected to change the landscape of reproductive health in America, leave abortion policy up to the states, and pave the way for numerous states to to pass new abortion restrictions. As of Friday afternoon, state officials in at least seven states said new abortion bans can now be enforced.

Millions of people wanting an abortion could soon be forced to travel across state lines to access the procedure, adding to the cost of an already expensive health care service. For many, benefit packages may be the only way they can afford an abortion.

In response, companies are taking action, some with headquarters or offices in Republican-controlled states. Companies including Citigroup, Salesforce and Match Group initially pledged financial support to employees seeking abortions in affected states after a draft statement was leaked in May. Many more followed on Friday. Some, including Bumble and Lyft, also previously said they would donate to organizations that support women’s rights, like Planned Parenthood and Fund Texas Choice.

In response to pressure from investors, customers, and employees, corporate America is increasingly being pulled from the political sidelines on the abortion issue. Businesses are also struggling to attract and retain talent, and worry about the impact that these states’ anti-abortion laws could have on their workers.

Here are some of the prominent companies offering extended assistance to employees in states that restrict abortion treatment.

Microsoft

Microsoft expanded its financial support for “critical healthcare,” including abortions and gender-affirming care, to include travel expenses for such services after the draft opinion to oust Roe was first leaked.

Apple

According to an Apple spokesman, the company’s existing benefits package allows employees to travel abroad for medical care when it’s not available in their home state.

Meta

The tech giant intends to offer out-of-state travel reimbursement “to the extent permitted by law” to employees seeking out-of-state health and reproductive services, according to a spokesman. “We are in the process of evaluating how best to do this given the legal complexities involved,” the Meta spokesman said in a statement.

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Yelp’s existing health plan for US employees pays women, family members and partners to travel from states with strict abortion laws like Texas and Oklahoma, which ban abortions after 6 weeks.

“This ruling puts women’s health at risk, denies them their human rights and threatens to undo the progress we’ve made on gender equality in the workplace since Roe,” Yelp co-founder Jeremy Stoppelman said in a statement on Tuesday Friday. “Business leaders must stand up for the health and safety of their employees by speaking out against the wave of abortion bans unleashed as a result of this decision and by urging Congress to codify Roe into law.”

Disney

According to a company spokesman, Disney employees who don’t have access to medical care in one location will receive affordable coverage to access the same care in another location. The benefit covers family planning and pregnancy-related decisions.

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Uber’s US insurance plans already cover reproductive health benefits, including abortion and travel expenses to access health care. The ride-sharing company will also compensate any drivers sued under state law for providing transportation to a clinic through the app, according to an Uber spokesman.

Netflix

The streaming company is offering travel reimbursement for US full-time employees and their dependents who need to travel for medical treatments, including abortions and gender-affirming care, a Netflix spokesperson told CNN. The company offers a lifetime allowance of $10,000 per employee (or dependents) per service.

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Bumble, a women-run dating app, said Friday it will support its employees’ ability to access “the health services they need,” including abortion treatment. A Bumble spokesperson added that the company will make donations to the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas and the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

“Abortion is health care and health care is a human right. We are deeply troubled by the Supreme Court’s decision,” the spokesman said in a statement.

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Dating app company Match Group partnered with Planned Parenthood Los Angeles in October to give its Texas employees and their families access to abortions. The company is currently considering extending this benefit to all of its U.S. employees, including remote workers in states with trigger laws that could soon ban abortions, according to a Match spokesman. Match health plans also help cover travel and accommodation costs for employees who must travel to receive care, the spokesman said.

Box.com

Box.com pays employees’ travel and medical expenses incurred in seeking reproductive services.

Levi Strauss

The denim company, through the Levi Strauss Foundation, announced that it provides grants to the Center for Reproductive Rights, the Afiya Center and ARC-Southeast, which provide direct assistance to women and vulnerable communities. The company previously said employees under its benefits plan can be reimbursed for travel expenses for services not available in their home state, including abortion. Part-time workers and others not included in the company’s benefit plan are also eligible, it said.

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Comcast offers all employees a health care travel allowance that covers up to $4,000 per trip, up to three trips per year, with a maximum coverage cap of $10,000 per year. The amount paid out depends on the type of medical procedure, but abortion treatment is covered, according to the company.

Warner Bros. Discovery

Warner Brothers Discovery, which owns CNN, on Friday expanded health care options to include expenses for employees and their insured family members who must travel to access abortions and other reproductive care, a company spokesman said, according to a company spokesman.

JPMorgan Chase

JPMorgan said Friday that its healthcare benefits have long covered abortion treatment. According to spokesman Joseph Evangelisti, starting in July, abortion will be included in the company’s health insurance, which covers services that can only be obtained far from home.

Nike

The sportswear company said in a statement that it covers travel and accommodation expenses in situations where healthcare services are not available close to home, according to a statement from Nike released on Friday.

“No matter where our teammates are on their family planning journey – from contraception and abortion to pregnancy and family building support through fertility, surrogacy and adoption services – we are here to support their decisions,” the statement said.

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