As states increasingly enact new abortion restrictions, Citigroup will now cover travel expenses for U.S.-based employees seeking abortions.
Driving the news: “In response to changes in reproductive health laws in some states in the United States, beginning in 2022, we are providing travel benefits to facilitate access to adequate resources,” Citi wrote in a brief for its assemblies. of shareholders scheduled for next month.
- The policy will cover travel costs, including airfare and accommodations, that people who travel out of state to have an abortion may incur, Bloomberg reports.
The big picture: The move comes after Texas Governor Greg Abbott (right) signed a law last year banning abortions after six weeks, making it one of the most restrictive abortion bans in the states -United.
- Idaho recently passed a Texas-style abortion ban that is now headed for the governor. Other conservative states have passed increasingly restrictive abortion laws in a bid to overturn Roe v. Wade.
State of play: Citi joins a number of companies that have provided resources to employers in response to the Texas abortion ban.
- Both Lyft and Uber announced last year that they would cover all legal fees for drivers sued under Texas law.
- The Match Group CEO also said last year that she was creating a fund for Texas-based employees that “will help cover additional costs incurred” if they need to seek treatment out of state due to the ban.
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