The signal that the Supreme Court is going to overturn the jurisprudence that legalizes abortion throughout the American territory has intensified the reaction of Big Techs, who fear losing talent in states with more restrictive laws. Last week, Amazon — the second-largest private employer in the United States — announced to its employees that it will cover up to $4,000 in travel expenses for “non-life-threatening medical treatment,” a false euphemism that includes procedures such as abortion. , in which at least one life is invariably lost.
The measure makes to grow the list of companies already helping employees have abortions in other states, in response to state pro-life laws that limit access. According to CNN Business, electric car maker Tesla, owned by billionaire Elon Musk, has offered similar aid since last year, when it moved its headquarters to Texas and the state banned abortion after six weeks of pregnancy. In the impact report of 2021, the company said that it will cover travel and accommodation “for those who need to look for services unavailable in your home state”.
In addition to Amazon and Tesla, Citigroup, Bumble, Match Group, Salesforce, Yelp, Levi Strauss, Lyft, and Uber are among brands that offer some sort of “expanded assistance” to employees residing in states with restricted abortion access, according to CNN. The Business Insider news portal completes the list with Apple and Dell.
According to information from the Reuters news agency, Published May 2, Amazon’s new “benefit” is retroactive to January 1 and applies to employees who do not have access to abortion within a radius of 161 kilometers from home and who are unable to be attended virtually.
Refunds are valid for employees in US company offices or warehouses and their dependents enrolled in Premera or Aetna health plans. In addition to abortion, aid covers “non-fatal treatments” (ie, when the situation is not life-threatening) involving cardiology, cellular gene therapies, and substance abuse disorder services. For diseases where the employee’s life is at risk, Amazon offers up to US$ thousand in annual travel reimbursements.
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By means of a statement published on its website, two days after Amazon’s decision became public, Levi Strauss, owner of the Levi’s brand, said that company employees “are eligible for reimbursement of health-related travel expenses for services not available in their home state, including those related to reproductive health care and abortion”. The company also promised “reimbursement of travel expenses incurred under the same circumstances” for hourly workers not included in the benefit plan.
“Access to reproductive health care, including abortion, has been a critical factor in women’s earnings and contributions in the workplace in recent years 50 years old. Further restricting or criminalizing access will undermine this progress and disproportionately affect black women, putting their well-being at risk and impeding many channels of hiring. Women in some states would have fewer rights than women in others, and our country would be destined for a more unfair and unequal future,” the statement explains.
The justification for defending abortion as a guardian of female competitiveness in the labor market has been exhaustively evoked in recent years by major corporations, with abortion organizations in the rear.
In 2019, executives of 180 large US companies wrote a letter to legislators, published in full page by the newspaper 8013836954001 )New York Times, stating that restricting abortion is “bad for business”. Among the signatories were chief executives of companies such as MAC Cosmetics, Endeavor, Postmates, Bloomberg, Tinder and H&M, as well as Jack Dorsey, former CEO of Twitter, who signed on behalf of the other company he manages.
The group was brought together by a coalition that includes the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU, its acronym). in English), Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion provider in the US, and the oldest abortion advocacy group in the country, NARAL Pro-Choice America. The campaign was called “Don’t Prohibit Equality” and launched a website, inviting other executives to sign the document.
According to the letter, strict abortion laws are “against our values” and threaten “the health, independence and economic stability of our employees and customers”. In the group’s view, legally preventing abortion runs counter to corporate efforts to build a more diverse workforce.
“We already have pretty anemic parental leave laws in this country to begin with, and a pay gap on top of that,” Postmates vice president of public policy Vikrum Aiyer told CNN. For him, restrictions on abortion are “another cut of gender equality”. Thus, hindering access to abortion would restrict the woman’s ability to “make economic choices”.
A report published by the Washington Post in September, however, shows that the concern of companies with restrictive legislation on abortion, despite the official discourse being the concern with “reproductive rights”, is purely economic. Texas tech companies admit that this type of law could have significant repercussions for recruiting and retaining talent, compounding an already common headache in the industry.
“We have already found it extremely challenging to attract tech workers,” acknowledged Vivek Bhaskaran, chief executive of an Austin-based research software company. With more vacancies than talents in the area, states that are more permissive about abortion would have an advantage in attracting this workforce.
Texas does anticipate this. Touted as a technological paradise in recent years, the state has attracted large corporations such as Tesla, Oracle and Hewlett Packard, in addition to witnessing the expansion of the operations of giants such as Facebook, Amazon and Apple.
But recent changes to state abortion legislation could have a direct impact on the migration of progressive workers there, experts reckon. “You can see a slowdown,” said Richard Alm, a Texas economics scholar at the Southern Methodist University School of Business in Dallas. “This has the potential to impact labor supply if workers are less willing to move to Texas,” he added.
“This scares me a lot,” said Deep Barot, an angel investor in biotechnology, software and cryptocurrency companies, regarding the restriction of abortion in Texas. “This is an abortion law, but what next?”