As half of US states move to enact pro-life laws, some “woke” corporations are stepping forward to fund the medical and travel expenses of expectant mothers to kill their unborn children in abortion-friendly states. After all, family life and motherhood can be an obstacle to the “flexible” workforce so many companies strive for these days.
Before [June 24] many corporations avoided taking a stance on abortion rights even as states such as Texas and Oklahoma passed laws that significantly restricted abortion access and a leak of the Supreme Court’s draft ruling was published.
A handful of companies, including Match Inc., Bumble, Amazon, Citigroup, Salesforce, Tesla, Lyft, Yelp and JPMorgan, began to cover travel expenses employees may incur to get an abortion if they don’t have access to safe procedures in their home state before the ruling was released.
“Consumers and employees don’t want companies to ‘take a stand’ unless companies take up their position and cause,” said Kim Whitler, a business administration professor at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. “Consequently, picking a side on a divisive issue then becomes a math problem for firms.”