How companies handled Texas abortion restrictions

With Roe v. Wade on the verge of being overturned, according to a draft Supreme Court ruling obtained by Politico on Monday night, business leaders are likely to face increased pressure to address the state of access to abortion.

Most companies have refrained from engaging in politically charged conversations about abortion. But after Texas passed a law banning most abortions After about six weeks of pregnancy, some companies were criticized for donating to lawmakers who sponsored it, while others faced backlash for pledging financial support to Texas-based employees affected by the restrictions.

The dating site Match.com, for example, has set up a fund to cover the costs of Texas-based employees seeking out-of-state abortions.

“The company generally does not take political positions unless it is relevant to our business”, Shar Dubey, Chief Executive Officer of Match Group, which includes Match.com and Tinder, she wrote in a note to employees. “But in this case, personally, as a woman in Texas, I couldn’t keep quiet.”

Yelp, which has just over 200 employees in Texas, announced last month that it would do so cover expenses for workers travel out of state to have an abortion. The company said it will also cover workers in other states affected by “current or future actions limiting access to covered reproductive health care.” Citigroup, which has 8,000 workers in Texas, said it would pay the travel expenses of the employees concernedand Uber and Lyft customer services have offered to pay legal fees for southern drivers for bringing people to clinics.

Labor lawyers said more company responses could emerge. “The leaked opinion means there is more time to prepare for what is now almost certainly coming to us in terms of abortion care and what companies can do to assist employees,” said Austin Kaplan, an attorney at the I work based in Texas.

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