Amazon to reimburse US employees who travel for abortions

Amazon reportedly told staff this week that it would reimburse up to $4,000 in travel costs each year for medical treatment, including abortions.

Amazon’s new policy applies if an operation is not available within 100 miles of an employee’s home and virtual care is not possible, according to the company’s message, obtained by Reuters .

The announcement comes as a Supreme Court opinion overturns Roe vs. Wade was leaked to the press, in what was a possible attempt to intimidate one or more justices into overturning their vote, or trigger a push from the left to wrap up the Supreme Court before the Democrats lost Congress in the November midterm elections.

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ROMEOVILLE, IL - AUGUST 01: Workers pack and ship customer orders at the 750,000 square foot Amazon Fulfillment Center on August 1, 2017 in Romeoville, Illinois.  On August 2, Amazon will host job fairs at multiple fulfillment centers across the country, including the Romeoville plant, with the goal of hiring more than 50,000 workers.  (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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Meanwhile, states are passing legislation restricting abortion, leaving some expectant mothers to wonder if they might need to travel to successfully kill their unborn children.

The refunds Amazon announced on Monday are not limited to just abortions, Reuters noted. The company will also reimburse other treatments such as services involving cardiology, cell gene therapies and substance abuse disorders.

The news also reportedly came on the day Amazon stopped offering paid leave to U.S. employees diagnosed with the Chinese coronavirus, allowing them to instead have five days of excused unpaid leave.

Amazon’s Monday announcement could also be an attempt to assuage negative feelings among its employees, who have expressed dissatisfaction with the way the company founded by Jeff Bezos operates.

Last month, Amazon workers at a warehouse in Staten Island, New York, voted to unionize, which was a first for Amazon.

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