Large companies prefer to pay for out-of-state abortions for their employees so that they do not divert their attention to the family
Reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on abortion have also reached the corporate world. Two days ago, the Supreme Court overturned the old Roe v. Wade ruling, thus repealing the federal right to abortion that had existed in the country since 1973.
As a reaction, many companies have announced that they will pay for the expenses of their employees who want to have an abortion and cannot do so because the state in which they live has banned abortion.
These companies are willing to reimburse travel expenses to another state where it is possible, such as California, where many of these companies are based. Still, there are many doubts as to whether this assistance would be legal.
Among some of the corporations that have offered to do this are Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Walt Disney, JP Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Cigna…
Despite what might appear at first glance, this is not a political or community decision. It’s easy to crunch the numbers on the savings for all these large multinational companies of paying these transportation costs versus what the pregnancy and subsequent birth of their employees’ child would entail. This, of course, in addition to the fact that childcare means that employees are no longer 100% focused on their professional careers and devote part of their lives to raising a family.
It is understood that companies pay their workers a salary but in return they want to have complete control of their body and soul.
Protests in Phoenix
During these last hours many people have taken to the streets in different cities in the United States to protest the new Supreme Court ruling.
Most of the protests throughout the country took place normally and peacefully, although in Phoenix, Arizona incidents were recorded. In this locality, the Police dispersed with tear gas demonstrators who had gathered in front of the Arizona parliament and who were hitting with force the windows of the building, something that had forced the state senators to interrupt the session. A police statement said that the use of tear gas was due to protesters “attempting to break the glass” of the building to intimidate legislators.