Apple has responded to the hugely controversial Roe vs Wade decision, which is set to make abortion illegal in more than half of America’s 50 states.
The company has issued a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision today to overturn Roe v. Wade, which allows states to make abortion illegal.
Apple stated that it supports employees’ freedom to make their own reproductive health decisions.
The tech giant has reaffirmed that its employer’s health coverage includes out-of-state travel for treatments if care is not accessible in their home state.
Following the Supreme Court ruling, it is expected that roughly half of the fifty US states would shortly prohibit legal access to abortions.
Out-of-state coverage, which is included in the company’s health insurance policy, permits employees to travel to jurisdictions where abortion is still allowed.
Apple’s benefits have allowed for out-of-state travel for more than ten years, so this isn’t a new development in light of the Supreme Court ruling.
Apple also notified its Texas staff of the policy in September 2021, when legislation prohibiting abortions after six weeks of pregnancy went into effect.
An Apple spokesperson told CNBC: “As we’ve said before, we support our employees’ rights to make their own decisions regarding their reproductive health. For more than a decade, Apple’s comprehensive benefits have allowed our employees to travel out-of-state for medical care if it is unavailable in their home state,”
Similar out-of-state travel policies are also being offered by other top companies, including Disney, Meta, and Reddit.