Praise for Company Offering to Pay Abortion Travel Expenses to Legal States

In the aftermath of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, one company has been celebrated online after vowing to pay the travel expenses of employees seeking an abortion in another state.

An employee of the unnamed company took to Reddit to express surprise at the firm's promise after reading it in a company-wide email.

"I work in retail so I didn't think much of it. When skimming it, I realized it was regarding Roe vs Wade. Part of me figured it would just be corporate fluff where they pretend to take a side," the employee wrote in a post shared to the "Antiwork" subreddit.

The subreddit usually sees posts from people unhappy about the working world, but this one was an exception.

"That's until I got to the second paragraph where it informed me effective immediately, they will be covering traveling expenses for employees in a state where abortions are illegal," they wrote.

"I hope other companies will follow suit, as a way to fight back. It's not perfect, but it's something so I'll take it. A step in the right direction at least, I know it's nowhere near enough, but I'm just so tired and this brought me some comfort."

With many states reverting to the same laws as pre-Roe v. Wade,, women will be left traveling to other states to access legal and safe terminations of pregnancies.

The company wasn't named by the employee but is in line with various big companies across the U.S. that have made similar promises.

Dick's Sporting Goods publicly promised to provide up to $4,000 in travel reimbursements for staff to access an abortion in the "nearest location where that care is legally available." The benefit is available to any staff, spouse or dependent enrolled in the company's medical plan, along with a support person.

Banking giant J.P. Morgan also pledged to cover travel expenses in a staff memo dated June 1, while Starbucks made a similar vow back in May.

Other companies like Netflix and Nike already have policies in place to cover travel expenses for healthcare unavailable in the employee's state, including abortions.

Roe V. Wade protestors
Protesters march to denounce the U.S. Supreme Court decision to end federal abortion rights protections on June 26, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images

Antiwork Reddit members voiced support for the unnamed company, praising the action taken in the email.

"I thought this was gonna be bad, but damn that's actually really good of your company," wrote one user.

"My company made this announcement too. I don't agree with everything my company does, but supporting people needing to travel for abortion was the right choice. Very happy about that," added a Reddit user.

"That's pretty rad. But I hate the trend of having to rely even more on my employer for healthcare," reasoned another.

"That's great and all but imagine you're a woman who needs to take this offer. Now imagine walking into you're boss's office to tell them you need to be comped for your abortion trip. Privacy is gone," noted one less happy user.

It's worth remembering, however, that many companies will fund the expenses through a healthcare plan, meaning bosses will not be alerted.