Major US companies announce reimbursement for employees who travel across state lines for abortion

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by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) – Even before Monday’s leaked US Supreme Court draft opinion revealing the court intends to overturn its 1973 Roe v Wade landmark ruling which legalized abortion up to viability, a number of America’s largest companies announced they will reimburse employees for travel costs needed to seek an abortion in a state that still allows it, the Washington Examiner reports.

Amazon, Disney, Citigroup, Lyft, Yelp, Uber, Bumble, Apple, Levi Strauss & Co., and Salesforce have all stated they will reimburse employees who need to go out of state to get an abortion, the Examiner said.

At least 26 US states are poised to ban abortion if the Supreme Court confirms its draft opinion this summer, giving states back the power to regulate the procedure for themselves.

Eighteen states already have near-total bans on abortion; these are; Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Announcing its decision to reimburse out-of-state abortions for employees in Texas, Yelp said in an April 12 statement to Bloomberg: “As a remote-first company with a distributed workforce, this new benefit allows our U.S. employees and their dependents to have equitable access to reproductive care, regardless of where they live.”

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