In the United States, Amazon will help its employees who have to travel for an abortion – Liberation

While access to abortion in the United States seems more threatened than ever, the e-commerce giant is reimbursing the travel costs of employees who want to travel more than 100 miles from home to have an abortion.

Let’s imagine the scene in the very near future. An employee of the giant Amazon gets pregnant in the very conservative state of Alabama. She wants an abortion. Problem, the state strictly restricts access to abortion. Doesn’t matter, if the employee wants to go to another state to have an abortion, her employer will help her financially. The expanding company announced this with great fanfare on Monday: employees are reimbursed travel costs for certain non-critical medical procedures. Starting with abortions. Yelp and Citigroup had both implemented the same measure earlier this year.

Specifically, once an employee receives care more than 100 miles from their home, the e-commerce giant will fund up to $4,000 in travel and lodging costs. In addition to abortion, obesity, oncology, drug addiction, obesity treatments and mental health are discussed. In total, this concerns the million employees who operate under the Amazon flag in the United States. After AFP contacted the group, the group confirmed press reports on Monday about its health insurance change, but not the reasons for this expansion of coverage.

Right to abortion under high voltage

Coincidence? Coincidence of the calendar? Amazon’s decision comes in a context where women’s right to dispose of their bodies in the United States seems more than threatened. Supreme Court, top of the judiciary, prepares to dismantle abortion right, newspaper says Politics† Reduce it, or even cancel it purely and simply. So far, the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade allows abortion up to about twenty-three weeks.

Added to this are the twenty-six US states that have spent months enacting laws – in thirteen states – to restrict or ban access to abortion. The Mississippi law is currently under review by the nine Supreme Court justices, who have been in the majority (six to three) since Donald Trump’s term in office. Their final verdict is not expected before June. Oklahoma, Florida or Arkansas are also awaiting Supreme Court approval.

“A highly political question”

For the economist, professor at the Sorbonne, Pierre-Charles Pradier, the issue of abortion is… “highly symbolic political”. He cites the example of Texas, the third state with the most Amazon employees, which implemented one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the United States on September 1, 2021. Any abortion is now prohibited from the moment a fetal beating is detectable on ultrasound, approximately four weeks after conception.

The president of the American Principles project – a conservative think tank – Terry Schilling, interviewed by the Daily Wire, is hardly surprised by this device anymore. He remembers that Amazon has “among other things” supported “the ban on the sale of conservative books on its platform” and the “partnership with the Southern Poverty Law Center, to block donations to right-wing groups”. Amazon employees are also siding with the Democrats, “85% of their donations will go to Democrats in 2020,” he specifies.

But the economist Pierre-Charles Pradier does not stop at the political argument. He remembers that “The US job market is currently very dynamic with more than 6 million jobs created”. In the past 12 months, 77 million people have been hired and 70 million layoffs. Therefore, in this competitive climate, employers are looking for fresh faces with more generous wages and benefits. And to finish: “Basically, to recruit, Amazon offers its employees health insurance.”

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