Factors To Consider When Evaluating Abortion Coverage for Employees

Companies such as Google, Duolingo and Patagonia have come out and said that they will cover travel expenses for employees seeking abortions, help employees relocate to states that offer abortions and in some cases, bail employees protesting abortion restrictions out of jail.

While it’s great that companies like these and others are standing up for women’s reproductive rights, there are some grey areas when it comes to how company benefits will cover abortion services for employees. 

During a webinar titled “Ensuring Reproductive Health: What Are Companies Doing?” presented by Rutgers University’s Center for Women in Business, Nadia Khamis, Director of Corporate Engagement at Planned Parenthood, said companies have reacted in various ways to abortion care since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last month. Those companies that have come out and said they look at abortion care as a healthcare issue have moved to cover and extend benefits to their workforce to ensure abortion protections. 

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