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Companies Must Take Action Now to Protect Employee Abortion Access

June 24, 2022

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Employers have a critical role to play in reducing the gaps in access that will now arise from Roe being overturned

Megha Bansal Rizoli Senior Director   
Cat Ward Vice President
Practices & Centers

The U.S. Supreme Court announced it has overturned Roe v. Wade, stripping Americans of their constitutional right to seek an abortion and effectively banning the procedure in 26 states.

The economic impact of this will be astounding. For many people, particularly women workers in low-wage jobs and people of color, access to safe and reliable reproductive health care can mean the difference between economic insecurity and economic advancement.

Expanding benefits plans and adopting policies that more fully meet the needs of workers who are considering abortion are good first steps. But to be an Impact Employer, companies can do much more to support the physical, mental, and emotional health of employees whose access to reproductive health services is threatened.

As the impact of the decision reverberates across the country, employers must be ready to act to ensure their employees still have access to reproductive health care. Learn more, read Companies now need to take action to protect employee abortion rights. Here’s how published in Fast Company—and in our blog post.

Corporate action alone can’t make up for the loss of what has for decades been enshrined as a fundamental constitutional right, but employers must do all they can to blunt the impact of this historic and devastating policy shift.

Megha Bansal Rizoli, Director of Organizational Strategy, Jobs for the Future; Catherine Ward, Managing Director of JFFLabs
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