May 2, 2022

Amazon will pay US staff travel expenses for abortions and other treatments

Amazon will reimburse staff in the US who travel for a wide range of non-life threatening medical treatments including elective abortions. While the expansion of benefits by Amazon is not aimed specifically at allowing access to abortions, it comes at a time when several Republican state governments have passed laws restricting abortion access in their jurisdictions. Next month, the conservative-leaning Supreme Court will also rule on a case that could overturn Roe v Wade, a 1973 court ruling that legalised abortion in the US.If the law is overturned, each US state could be permitted to determine its own abortion rules, with more than 20 states expected to limit abortion care or even ban abortions in most cases all together. In Texas - which has one of the strictest abortion laws in the country and bans the procedure after six weeks of a pregnancy - a recent study found that some 1,400 Texans were traveling out of state for abortions monthly. Companies including Yelp and Citigroup have recently said they will reimburse employees who travel to circumvent local abortion restrictions.

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