Banking Giant Will Help Employees Get Abortions by Paying for Travel, Hotel Rooms

Multinational bank Citigroup announced to its shareholders ahead of an April 26 meeting that it has pledged to support employees who want to have abortions. 

“In response to changes in reproductive healthcare laws in certain states in the U.S., beginning in 2022 we provide travel benefits to facilitate access to adequate resources,” the bank announced.

Its announcement came under a section on employee development. “Citi encourages career growth and development by offering broad and diverse opportunities to colleagues,” the bank stated.

“The policy will cover expenses, such as airfare and lodging, that employees in places including Texas may incur if they’re forced to travel to receive an abortion, according to a person with knowledge of the matter,” Bloomberg reported.

The news drew praise from California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA). 

“This is the right thing to do. We need more of this from corporate America,” Newsom tweeted. 

Corporate America has been vocal about its support for abortion, particularly as states like Texas pass strong pro-life laws such as the Texas Heartbeat Act

Uber and Lyft previously promised in 2021 to pay the legal fees for any of their drivers who are sued for driving a woman to an abortion facility in Texas. 

More than 60 companies signed a letter in protest of the law in 2021.