Citigroup Pays Expenses for Employees Who Travel Out of State for Abortions

Citigroup said it has started to cover travel expenses for employees who have to travel out of state to get an abortion.

In a notice of Citigroup's annual meeting released Tuesday, the company said it will provide "travel benefits to facilitate access to adequate resources" in response to "changes in reproductive health care laws in certain states."

The measure comes after lawmakers in several states such as Texas, Missouri and Florida have made moves to restrict abortion. According to the Guttmacher Institute, there are 26 U.S. states that would be certain or likely to ban abortion should the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade.

An anonymous source familiar with the topic told Reuters that Citigroup would cover the employees' transportation and accommodations. Citigroup declined to comment to Newsweek beyond what was said in the notice's proxy statement.

Many states have been following Texas' lead after it passed a law in September 2021 that bans abortions as soon as fetal cardiac activity can be detected, which is usually at around six weeks of pregnancy, when many women don't know they are pregnant yet. But rather than leaving the enforcement to the government, private citizens can sue the doctor who performed the abortion and anyone else who assisted the pregnant person.

Since the bill was implemented, many women have been traveling out of state to be able to get the procedure done. In the meantime, other states have been introducing their own abortion measures in their legislatures. For example, Idaho became the first state to pass a law nearly identical to the Texas law, Newsweek previously reported.

Data released by Planned Parenthood showed that between September 1 and December 31 of last year, the number of abortion patients in states close to Texas—such as Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and New Mexico—saw an 800 percent increase.

In a joint statement, the presidents and CEOs of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas and Planned Parenthood South Texas called the fact that Texans have to leave their home state to seek care "unthinkable."

"For nearly six months, Texans have been denied their constitutional right to abortion and our health centers have been forced to turn away patients in need of essential health care," they said. "These data show what we have always known: Banning abortion does not stop the need for abortion—it only makes accessing abortion more difficult for the people with the fewest resources."

In addition to the monetary support for abortion, Citigroup also said in its notice it has enhanced its fertility coverage and created an Adoption and Surrogacy Assistance Program to help with the costs that come with these processes.

Update 03/16/22 4:15 p.m. ET: This story was updated to add more information.

Citigroup Covers Travel for Abortions
Citigroup said it has begun to cover employee travel expenses for those who have to go out of state to get an abortion. Above, a sign is displayed on the exterior of a Citibank branch office near the Transamerica Pyramid on January 18, 2011, in San Francisco. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images