Starbucks said Monday it will pay travel expenses for its U.S. employees seeking abortions or undergoing gender confirmation procedures if those services are not available within 100 miles of their home.
The company has 240,000 employees in UNITED STATESbut the company didn’t say what percentage is enrolled in its health plan.
A Starbucks is one of the largest companies to pass a travel allowance for workers after information leaked about a proposed US Supreme Court opinion that would revoke abortion rights in the country.
“Regardless of the Supreme Court’s decision, we will always ensure that our partners have access to quality health care,” wrote Sara Kelly, acting executive vice president of partner resources at Starbucksin a letter to employees.
A Amazon It will also cover up to 4,000 US dollars (3,830 euros) for travel and accommodation costs for employees requiring life-threatening medical treatment, including abortions and gender confirmation procedures.
According to messages sent to employees, the benefit has been in effect since the beginning of this year and applies if the procedure is not available within a radius of 160 kilometers from the employee’s home.
A You’re here also said earlier this month that it would cover travel costs for employees seeking out-of-state abortions.
Some companies, including Levi Strauss&Co., Yelp, and Citigroup, have pledged to cover travel expenses for employees of the Texas seeking an abortion, in response to a 2021 Texas law banning abortions after around six weeks of pregnancy.
The law was established in the United States in the landmark 1973 case known as ‘Roe v. Wade”, in which it was held that pregnant women have the constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy up to the point of fetal viability, that is, from the time when the fetus can survive outside the uterus, which usually occurs around 24 weeks of gestation. However, if the decision is reversed, the UNITED STATES will return to the situation that existed before 1973, when each State was free to prohibit or authorize abortions.
Given the wide geographic and political divide on the issue, half of the states, especially in the more conservative south and center, are expected to quickly ban the procedure, among Texas, Arizona, Missouri, Georgia, Ohio, Indiana or Wisconsin.
Prior to the conviction in 1973, 30 of the 50 states that make up the UNITED STATES had laws that prohibited abortion at any time during pregnancy.
The outcome of the ruling by the conservative-majority Supreme Court is expected in June and will also have ramifications for the campaign trail ahead of November’s midterm elections, which will determine which party will control Congress.