Corporations are in the hot seat after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday.
At least 26 states are certain or likely to ban abortion as a result of the decision, according to a study by the Guttmacher Institute, a research group that supports abortion rights.
Before Friday, many corporations avoided taking a stance on abortion rights even as states including Texas and Oklahoma passed laws that significantly restricted abortion access and a leak of the draft ruling was published.
A handful of companies, including Match Inc., Bumble, Amazon, Citigroup, Salesforce, Tesla, Lyft, Yelp and JPMorgan, began to cover travel expenses employees may incur to get an abortion if they don’t have access to safe procedures in their home state before the ruling was officially released.
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“Consumers and employees don’t want companies to ‘take a stand,’ unless companies take up their position and cause,” said Kim Whitler, a business administration professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. “Consequently, picking a side on a divisive issue then becomes a math problem for firms.”
But the decision is forcing some companies to break their silence on the issue. Here’s what they’re saying:
Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air
The airline, which employs more than 23,000 people, said in a memo to employees that it would continue “reimbursing travel for certain medical procedures and treatments if they are not available where you live. Today’s Supreme Court decision does not change that.”
Condé Nast’s CEO Roger Lynch said in a note to employees that the Supreme Court decision is “a crushing blow to reproductive rights that have been protected for nearly half a century.”
He announced that employees “are now eligible for reimbursement on travel and lodging” for abortion procedures as well as infertility or gender-affirming services.
Dick’s Sporting Goods
The company, which employs more than 50,000 people, announced it will “provide up to $4,000 in travel expense reimbursement to travel to the nearest location where that care is legally available,” the Dick’s CEO Lauren Hobart wrote in a LinkedIn post. “This benefit will be provided to any teammate, spouse or dependent enrolled in our medical plan, along with one support person,” she added.
The bank announced it will cover abortion-related travel expenses in a memo Business Insider obtained that was sent to employees on Friday. The memo did not specify if there’s a cap on how much it will reimburse.
The policy change will go into effect on July 1.
The nation’s largest supermarket chain announced it will reimburse up to $4,000 in travel expenses incurred to receive an abortion for employees who are covered by the company health plan.
“We intend to offer travel expense reimbursements, to the extent permitted by law, for employees who will need them to access out-of-state health care and reproductive services,” a Meta spokesperson told USA TODAY on Friday. “We are in the process of assessing how best to do so given the legal complexities involved.”
The spokesperson did not return a request for further comment on whether that was directly communicated to employees.
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Microsoft, which employs more than 103,000 people in the US, said it will “continue to do everything we can under the law to support our employees and their enrolled dependents in accessing critical health care – which already includes services like abortion and gender-affirming care – regardless of where they live across the US”
“This support has been extended to include travel expense assistance for these and other lawful medical,” a Microsoft spokesperson said in an emailed statement to USA TODAY on Friday.
Southwest said it “will work to support our peoples’ needs while remaining compliant with state and federal laws as an employer.”
Employees already could travel for free on the airline and they are not asked to provide a reason for their travels, Chris Mainz, a Southwest spokesperson told USA TODAY in an emailed statement. But the airline is “not making any immediate changes to our health benefits.”
In a tweet posted late Friday afternoon, TikTok said it is “finalizing updates to our benefits to continue to provide our employees access to the medical benefits they need.”
“We remain committed to providing comprehensive access to quality and affordable care for all of our employees, cast members and their families, including family planning and reproductive care, no matter where they live,” a Disney spokesperson told USA TODAY on Friday.
An internal memo sent to employees obtained by CNBC added said that “we have processes in place so that an employee who may be unable to access care in one location has affordable coverage for receiving similar levels of care in another location.”
United told in employees a memo on Friday that its “medical plans have long provided access to reproductive health care.”
United employees are also able to travel on the airline for free.
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Zillow said Friday that it updated its health plan “to reimburse up to $7,500 each time significant travel is necessary to access health care” on June 1. “Moving forward, we will continue to ensure our coverage includes safe access to reproductive health care,” Zillow said in a statement to USA TODAY.
Companies that haven’t announced new abortion-related policies
American Airlines, Charles Schwab, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Oracle, Spirit Airlines and Walmart did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s requests for comment on whether they plan to cover abortion-related travel expenses.
They are part of the overwhelming majority of companies that haven’t taken a public stance on abortions.
Elisabeth Buchwald is a personal finance and markets correspondent for USA TODAY. You can follow her on Twitter @BuchElisabeth and sign up for our Daily Money newsletter here
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