Starbucks announces it will cover travel expenses for employees seeking abortions

Starbucks announced on Monday that it will reimburse travel expenses for employees who need abortions and cannot get them within 100 miles of their home, joining the small group of companies that have taken steps to protect the access to employee abortion as Supreme Court looks likely to soon overturn Roe v. Wade.

Sara Kelly, the company’s acting vice president for partner resources, said she was “deeply concerned” about reading the Supreme Court’s draft opinion, obtained this month by Politico, that would overturn the decision of 1973 on abortion.

“I know this weighs on many of you, so let me be clear from the start – whatever the Supreme Court’s final decision, we will always ensure that our partners have access to health care. quality health,” Ms. Kelly wrote in a note to Starbucks employees on Monday.

Starbucks is among a handful of companies, including Yelp, Citigroup and Tesla, that have announced plans to cover transportation costs for employees needing abortions. However, most companies and business leaders have remained silent since the Supreme Court’s draft opinion was leaked.

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