The overturning of Roe v. Wade has caused a massive upheaval in the United States of America, with healthcare providers suddenly facing legal repercussions for their services in many states and women traveling long distances to access abortion care.
It has also influenced companies: now, funding abortion travel and procedures is seen as a way to make a political statement, support gender equality, and provide their employees with care in a very tangible way.
Many women and others who are pro-choice are considering the benefits a company offers before applying for a job.
"A company’s policies on reproductive health care access could affect how desirable it is to job candidates in what remains a tight labor market. A survey of college-educated workers, commissioned by the Tara Health Foundation, found that 70 percent said companies should address abortion access as part of their gender equity efforts. A survey from Morning Consult, also commissioned by the Tara Health Foundation, found that 71 percent of adults said people should consider a state’s social policies when deciding whether to move there." —Emma Goldberg
Unfortunately, low-wage workers—who statistically seek abortions most frequently—are the ones who usually work for companies that do not fund this type of care.
Additionally, anti-abortion groups are looking to limit access in every way they can.
"Relying on employers to bridge the gap between workers and reproductive health services will become more difficult, legal experts warn, as anti-abortion groups say they will try to ban out-of-state abortions and penalize the companies that fund them. While employers determine how to actually roll out their new travel policies, weighing issues related to privacy and taxes, they’re also facing the prospect of legal challenges." —Emma Goldberg
Employers are having to navigate this new political and social landscape, deciding whether they will speak out about this issue publicly, and how much they are willing to support their employees who are seeking abortion services.
High-income women will likely view a company offering funding for abortion-related travel and services as a political pledge of support. Low-income women may rely on that financial support as they decide which company they want to work for.