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Apple has responded to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, saying the company supports its employees’ right to make their own decisions and confirming that its current medical benefits support out-of-state travel .
Following the Supreme Court’s 6-3 vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the company issued the following statement:
“As we’ve said before, we support the right of our employees to make their own decisions about their reproductive health. For more than a decade, Apple Comprehensive Benefits have empowered our employees to travel outside the State for medical attention if it is unavailable in their home country.”
As the statement and report note, this is not a change of position on the part of the company, which told employees in September the same thing regarding abortion legal proceedings. in Texas. All Apple employees, whether full-time or part-time, have comprehensive medical insurance in the United States and abroad. It can also be extended to cover an employee’s spouse and family.
Deirdre O’Brien, Apple’s SVP Retail + People, shared the statement on Instagram stating that “the health and well-being of our team is our top priority.”
On Friday, Democratic lawmakers wrote to the FTC urging the body to investigate Apple over its decision to embed harmful data tracking into its platform for advertising purposes. A specific concern raised stated that following the overturning of Roe v. Wade, prosecutors in states where abortion is made illegal “will soon be able to obtain warrants for the location information of anyone who has visited an abortion provider.”
The four politicians criticized Apple for “turning online advertising into an intense surveillance system that instigates and facilitates the rampant collection and constant sale of Americans’ personal data.”
Apple is one of several prominent companies that said it would cover out-of-state travel as a result of the ruling. Others include Tesla, Amazon, Microsoft, Disney, T-Mobile and Airbnb.