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US companies could face hurdles covering abortion travel costs

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Supreme Court revoked the federal right to an abortion that's been in place for half a century, companies like Amazon, Disney, Apple and JP Morgan pledged to cover travel costs for employees who live in states where the procedure is now illegal so they can terminate pregnancies.But the companies gave scant or no details on how they will do this and it's not clear if they will be able to — legally — while protecting employees' privacy and keeping them safe from prosecution."Most employers were not prepared for Roe to be overturned, and even those that were didn’t realize the law would literally be changed the next minute," said Brian Kropp, a vice president at the consulting firm Gartner. "They’re trying to play catch-up."RELATED: Google says it will delete location history data of users visiting abortion clinicsKropp said many companies announced plans to offer travel benefits without the infrastructure in place to make them work.

Some, he added, are creating supplementary policies that employees can buy to cover abortion travel, while others are contacting insurers to see if travel can be added to their current plans.

Others are trying to figure out how to offer a benefit without breaching employees’ privacy."Are employees going to have to tell their manager they are going to have to travel from Texas to California to have an abortion?" Kropp said.Abortion rights demonstrators during an "Abortion is Freedom" rally outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., US, on Monday, July 4, 2022.

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