Company pledges support for employees giving birth in response to employers covering abortion costs
Buffer Insurance condemned the “secular” corporate response to the end of Roe v. Wade, instead promising to support employees who become pregnant and even cover childbirth costs.
The Texas-based company has pledged to provide maternity and paternity leave for employees who have children, as well as cover childbirth costs for their employees. The company has also promised to help employees looking to adopt children.
“Secular businesses pay employee travel expenses to abort babies out of state,” Buffer wrote in a Facebook post. “Today we are announcing that Buffer will pay the expenses of our employees who give birth to babies.”
“Employers: If you’re interested in learning how you can provide these benefits to your employees, let us know. We have out-of-the-box policies you can add to your employee handbooks,” the company continued.
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The move comes as many companies have condemned the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe. Some have gone so far as to cover the costs of their employees working in Republican-controlled states who must cross state lines to get abortions.
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Apple, Disney, Patagonia, Microsoft and Tesla are just a few of the companies that have pledged to help their employees circumvent abortion bans.
Abortion has an unclear legal status in Texas, where Buffer is based. The state has an abortion initiation law that would ban the vast majority of procedures, but it is not expected to go into effect until 30 days after the Supreme Court issues its judgment reversing Roe. The court delivered its opinion in the Dobbs v. Jackson case in late June, but is not expected to issue a formal judgment until late July.
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton sought to ban abortion in the interim through a pre-Roe law on the Texas books. A judge temporarily blocked enforcement of that law last week, following a lawsuit by the ACLU, which argued the law had been repealed and was unenforceable.