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Tech Companies Announce Abortion Coverage, While Quietly Donating to Political Groups Influencing Abortion Policy

Here are the tech giants that have announced abortion coverage in recent months, alongside their donations to political groups that have aimed to influence U.S. abortion policy.

People protest in response to the Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization ruling in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on June 24, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Court's decision overturned the landmark 50-year-old Roe v Wade case and erased a federal right to an abortion. (Photo by Brandon Bell/Getty Images)
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After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, the corporate tech PR machine began swiftly churning. Since then, dozens of major tech companies have announced plans to cover abortion and travel costs for employees who live in the six (and counting) states that have now banned safe medical abortions.

The policies make for good press and better business — workers are less likely to want to live and work in states where their personal healthcare choices are diminished, explained Shelley Alpern, director of shareholder advocacy at an operation called Rhia Ventures that advocates for stronger corporate reproductive and maternal healthcare policies.

But the corporate promises could face legal challenges, given that some state legislatures are becoming increasingly aggressive in their attacks on abortion-seeking individuals, said Emily Martin, the vice president for education and workplace justice at the National Women’s Law Center. In 2021, Texas passed a bill empowering private citizens to sue anyone who “aids or abets” an abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy for up to $10,000, and it could soon become a felony charge in the state. The state’s capital of Austin houses the offices of tech giants including Apple, Meta and Bumble.

“Laws like the Texas law could lead to employees facing legal liability if, for example, an employee is helping a family member or spouse obtain an abortion,” Martin told The Org last month. For this reason, Martin encourages employers to also offer legal assistance to employees who seek an abortion.

Company polices must also allow employees to keep abortion decisions private from managers and colleagues. And critics of these policies have pointed out that some tech employers have quietly donated to anti-abortion political groups for years while publicly supporting employees' abortion rights. Nonetheless, companies will likely serve to patch part of the abortion coverage hole for American workers in states where safe medical abortions are banned going forward.

“Every woman in her reproductive years is going to be turning to her employer now and asking what their coverage is,” Alpern recently told The Org.

Here are the key tech companies that have announced abortion coverage plans in recent months, along with their donations to political groups that have aimed to influence U.S. abortion policy:

Adobe Systems

Policy: Adobe’s health insurance policies cover travel costs for abortion. The San Jose, Calif.-based software maker told The New York Times: “We have and will always prioritize inclusive benefits to create a world-class culture for our employees.”

Politics: Among Adobe employees’ political donations in the 2020 election cycle, 93% went to liberal politicians and groups, while 7% went to conservatives, per CNBC.

Amazon

Policy: The e-commerce giant said in May it would reimburse employees up to $4,000 for abortion-related care. But Amazon is leaving some of its most vulnerable workers in the lurch: The travel reimbursement doesn’t extend to the company’s 115,000 delivery workers, its 2.9 million gig workers who work on the Amazon Flex app, and Amazon warehouse employees who work less than 20 hours a week and receive Medicaid, Vice reported.

Politics: Amazon donated $100,000 to the Republican Attorney Generals’ Association (RAGA) in 2020, and it has given tens of thousands of dollars to the anti-abortion think thank American Enterprise Institute since 2017, per The Daily Beast. “Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch (R), a member of RAGA, was in charge of the legal strategy to eliminate the constitutional right to an abortion,” Popular Information explained.

Apple

Policy: Apple, which is building a new $1 billion campus in Austin, has said it’ll cover medical expenses for Texas workers who travel out of state for an abortion, according to The Washington Post.

Politics: Unlike other tech giants, Apple doesn’t have a corporate PAC. CEO Tim Cook has made small donations to liberal lawmakers over the years, including to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, per public information compiled by the nonprofit OpenSecrets.

Box

Policy: Box, a California-based cloud software company founded in 2005, told The New York Times that it would cover employees’ travel costs for abortions.

Politics: CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie has consistently backed Democratic candidates and groups over the years, OpenSecrets shows.

Bumble

Policy: In September 2021, the Austin-based dating app startup announced a new relief fund supporting the reproductive rights of people seeking abortions across Texas—not just employees. “Bumble is women-founded and women-led, and from day one we’ve stood up for the most vulnerable. We'll keep fighting against regressive laws like #SB8,” the company said in a tweet at the time.

Politics: During Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination hearings in 2018, Bumble donated $25,000 to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN), “in honor of survivors of sexual violence,” CEO Whitney Wolfe Herde tweeted at the time.

Google

Policy: Google reimburses employees’ travel expenses for abortions, and in the wake of the Supreme Court decision last week, the company’s chief people officer announced that workers can “apply for relocation without justification” due to the situation, according to The Verge. It’s unclear if these policies apply to Google’s contractors and temp workers, which outnumbered full-time employees in 2019.

Politics: Google paused political donations in the wake of the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot. It also vowed to not donate to ”any member of Congress who voted against certification of the election results,” per Reuters. Previously, Google has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to anti-abortion conservative groups like the RAGA, The Federalist Society and the Hertiage Foundation, according to The Daily Beast.

GoPuff

Policy: The food delivery startup told employees last week that it will "provide travel-related reimbursement up to $3,000 per medical plan year for employees and dependents enrolled in our medical plans who cannot access reproductive health care within 100 miles of their home,” reported Popular Information.

Politics: GoPuff donated $50,000 to RAGA on February 1, 2022, per Popular Information.

HP

Policy: The Palo Alto-based computer maker told CNN that its existing healthcare plans cover abortion and travel-related costs for employees.

Politics: CEO Enrique Lores doled out $2,900 to Sen. Alex Padilla (D-CA) in 2021, per OpenSecrets. Sen. Padilla co-sponsored the Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that would’ve guaranteed the right to provide abortion services throughout the U.S. (It failed in the Senate in May.)

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Policy: HP’s Houston-based Enterprise arm said its medical plans cover treatments, including abortion, obtained outside of the state, per Wired. "Restricting a woman's ability and choices in obtaining health care is inequitable and harmful to the advancement of women," CEO Antonio Neri tweeted over the weekend.

Politics: In 2020, the company donated $5,000 to Republican campaigns, and $3,000 to Democratic campaigns in Texas, according to OpenSecrets.

Intuit

Policy: Intuit, which owns Credit Karma, TurboTax, Mint and other financial software brands, said last week it would cover employees’ travel expenses related to abortion, according to The New York Times. “We support our employees’ access to comprehensive health care, no matter where they live,” the Mountain View, Calif.-based company told the New York Times.

Politics: In late 2021, Intuit donated $15,000 to GOPAC, a conservative political action committee founded by former House speaker Newt Gingrich that aims to elect Republicans into office, per OpenSecrets.

Lyft

Policy: In April, Lyft CEO Logan Green announced the company would cover travel costs for full-time employees who had to travel more than 100 miles to get an abortion. Lyft also pledged to cover 100% of legal fees for drivers in Oklahoma or Texas who could get sued for transporting people to abortion appointments while driving for the company.

Politics: Lyft notably spent millions trying to sway a Massachusetts gig worker law in late 2021, which would have allowed the company to continue classifying its drivers as independent contractors. In 2020, it also donated $15,000 to the Texas Republican Legislative Caucus, per OpenSecrets. The Republican Party of Texas lists “abolition of abortion” as a legislative priority on its website.

Match Group

Policy: Late last year, the Dallas-based owner of Match, Tinder, Hinge and OK Cupid announced a fund to cover the costs of employees’ out-of-state abortions after Texas effectively banned abortions. “I am shocked that I now live in a state where women’s reproductive laws are more regressive than most of the world,” wrote CEO Shar Dubey in a letter to employees at the time.

Politics: In 2021, Match Group donated $137,000 to RAGA, according to Popular Information.

Meta

Policy: Facebook- and Instagram-parent Meta intends to reimburse workers for expenses related to traveling out of state for an abortion, NBC reported, but it has drawn critcism for clamping down on employees discussing abortion in the workplace, per the The New York Times. The company’s former COO Sheryl Sandberg also spoke out last month, shortly before announcing her resignation from the company. “This is a scary day for women all across our country…Few things are more important to women’s health and equality,” she wrote in an Instagram post.

Politics: Since 2015, the company has regularly donated to conservative groups that have pushed to overturn Roe, including the Heritage Foundation and The Federalist Society, according to The Daily Beast.

Microsoft

Policy: In mid-May, the Redmond, Wash.-based behemoth told U.S. employees it would add travel expense assistance to its existing abortion and gender affirming care services, Reuters reported.

Politics: Microsoft paused political donations following the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot. “We will suspend contributions for the duration of the 2022 election cycle to all members of Congress who voted to object to the certification of electors,” said the company in a blog post at the time.

Netflix

Policy: Netflix, which has laid off nearly 500 workers in recent months, said it would cover up to $10,000 in lifetime travel expenses for medical procedures including abortion, Variety reported. The policy extends to employees and their dependents.

Politics: In 2018, the streaming enterprise donated $20,000 to Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles County, according to OpenSecrets. Co-CEO Reed Hastings has also consistently backed Democratic lawmakers and groups over the years.

OpenSea

Policy: The NFT marketplace startup said it would cover travel for employee abortions, per The New York Times. “We believe that access to safe and legal abortion is absolutely critical to keeping women and those with female assigned reproductive systems healthy and empowered to make their own choices about their future, and to pursue their missions and ambitions,” the company reportedly told staff.

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PayPal

Policy: In May, California-based fintech juggernaut PayPal pledged to pay for employees’ travel costs for abortion if they live in states where the procedure faces restrictions or bans, per Bloomberg.

Politics: Throughout the years, including before he took over as PayPal CEO in 2015, Dan Schulman donated to candidates of both parties, including Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), OpenSecrets shows.

Salesforce

Policy: The software company, which has an office in Dallas, reportedly told employees in September 2021 via Slack: “If you have concerns about access to reproductive healthcare in your state, Salesforce will help relocate you and members of your immediate family.” The relocation policy was announced after Texas’ restrictive abortion law that took effect late last year.

Politics: Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff swore off political donations in 2020 after buying Time Magazine two years prior, per Vox. He had previously bankrolled politicians ranging from Republican hopeful Steve Forbes to Hillary Clinton.

Tesla

Policy: After the Supreme Court leak in May, the Austin-based electric vehicle maker quietly expanded its health insurance coverage to include “travel and lodging support for those who may need to seek healthcare services in their home state,” per its 2021 impact report.

Politics: Last year, Tesla’s outspoken billionaire CEO Elon Musk donated nearly $3,000 to conservative PACs, including the Republican National Committee, OpenSecrets shows. In 2020, he doled out $2,800 to seven politicians: three anti-abortion Republicans and four Democratics who support abortion rights. Tesla itself paused political donations in 2020.

Uber

Policy: Uber will cover abortion travel expenses for full-time employees enrolled in the company’s healthcare plans, and it also promised to cover legal fees for drivers in Texas or Oklahoma who could be sued for transporting people to abortion appointments, per CNBC.

Politics: Uber has donated $50,000 to RAGA since 2021, Popular Information reported.

Yelp

Policy: Yelp said it’ll add travel expenses to the abortion coverage already in its healthcare plan, and CEO Jeremy Stoppelman wrote in a May op-ed that the company’s charitable foundation would double-match employee donations to reproductive health organizations like Planned Parenthood through the month of June.

Politics: Yelp donated $15,000 to RAGA in early 2021 but suspended its support following reports that the group played a role in inciting the January 6 Capitol riot, according to Popular Information.

Zillow

Policy: The Seattle-based real estate startup will reimburse employees up to $7,500 for necessary travel expenses related to healthcare, including abortions, per The Seattle Times. The company’s health insurance plans also cover abortion care.

Politics: Zillow has backed both parties over the years. Notable 2020 donations include $10,000 to the California LGBTQ Caucus and $5,000 to the anti-abortion Texas House Republican Caucus, per OpenSecrets.

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