Amazon, Lyft, Uber reimbursing employees for abortion travel, legal fees

Amazon, Lyft and Uber will cover fees for employees who are in need of an abortion, several news outlets reported. 

Six things to know:

  1. On April 28, the Oklahoma House passed a bill that would prohibit most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt is expected to sign the bill into law. Lyft and Uber said it would fully cover legal fees for their respective drivers who are sued under Oklahoma's abortion law.

  2. Lyft and Uber announced the same protections for its drivers in Texas after its abortion law was set in place in September.

  3. Lyft is working to create a "safe state" program with healthcare providers that would cover the costs of transportation to airports and clinics for women seeking abortions in Oklahoma and Texas.
     
  4. Lyft will cover travel costs for its employees enrolled in U.S. medical benefits, which include coverage for elective abortion, if the laws require travel outside of Texas or Oklahoma to find care.
     
  5. Amazon said it would pay up to $40,000 in travel expenses annually for employees seeking out non-life threatening medical treatments including abortions.

  6. The new benefit is effective Jan. 1 and will apply if an operation is not available within 100 miles of an employee's home and virtual care is not possible.
     

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