Microsoft announced Monday that it will expand the coverage it offers to its employees on USA for abortion services and those related to gender redefinition, to include travel costs.
Several companies, including Yelp Inc, Citigroup, Levi Straus & Co, and Amazon, have already pledged to cover the costs for their U.S. employees who will be forced to travel to another region or state to have an abortion.
Other big companies, such as Walmart and Target, have not made any announcements since last week a draft Supreme Court ruling overturned their landmark 1973 ruling that legalized abortions in the country. .
The issue is even more urgent as 31 US states have adopted young people this year restrictions on abortionsaccording to analysts at the Guttmacher Institute.
Microsoft “will continue to do what it can under the law to protect and support the rights of its employees” to access critical health care. This, according to a company representative, includes services such as abortion and treatments concerning gender redefinition.
“Support is being extended to cover travel expenses for these and other medical services, access to which is restricted due to an employee’s place of residence,” he added.