A Texas congressman has requested 4 leisure and social media firms to elucidate why they emphasize paying journey and different bills for out-of-state abortions slightly than their present insurance policies of paid household go away for staff.
Women “shouldn’t really feel coerced into searching for an abortion as a substitute of taking time without work to have their youngster, particularly since ladies are already having fewer youngsters than they need,” Rep. Michael Cloud, R-Texas, wrote Wednesday.
Cloud requested employees briefings by Wednesday in his letters to Walt Disney Co., Warner Bros. Discovery Inc., Alphabet Inc. (mum or dad group to Google), and Meta (which owns Facebook and Instagram).
Cloud, rating member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee’s financial and client coverage subcommittee, wrote that he’s involved that Disney and the opposite three firms strain feminine staff into having abortions slightly than provide alternate options.
On June 24, the identical day the Supreme Court launched its resolution within the abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, every of the 4 firms introduced that they’d pay the journey and process bills of staff who search abortions throughout state traces.
Cloud famous that Disney and Meta/Facebook provided their staff journey reimbursements for “household planning,” “pregnancy-related care,” and “reproductive providers” out of state.
A Warner Bros. spokesperson instructed NBC News that the corporate would develop “well being care advantages choices to cowl transportation bills for staff and their lined relations who have to journey to entry abortion.”
Fiona Cicconi, Google’s chief folks officer, emailed employees to announce the same enlargement of advantages, including that staff might “apply for relocation with out justification, and people overseeing this course of will pay attention to the scenario.”
These 4 firms failed to say their very own present insurance policies on paid household go away, Cloud wrote within the letter. They gave no indication they’d assist “ladies who select to hold their pregnancies to time period and lift their youngsters,” the Texas Republican mentioned.
The Daily Signal sought remark from the 4 firms Friday afternoon. Warner Bros./Discovery declined to remark, and Meta, Google, and Disney didn’t reply by publication time.
“Women have traditionally confronted discrimination for being pregnant as a result of variety of days ladies will likely be absent from the workforce as a result of beginning and care of their youngsters,” Cloud wrote to the businesses.
The Pregnancy Discrimination Act—handed in 1978 as an argument to the Civil Rights Act—prohibits this type of pregnancy-based discrimination, he argued.
Cloud instructed that Disney, Warner Brothers Discovery, Google, Meta, and others might have violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act with the measures they took after the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade.
By encouraging their staff to hunt abortions, these firms discouraged ladies from different alternate options, corresponding to claiming household go away and taking further time without work, he mentioned.
In a time of “excessive inflation, skyrocketing fuel costs, and child system shortages,” Cloud wrote the 4 firms, “it’s crucial that ladies really feel they’re supported of their resolution to steadiness their household with their work.”
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