The financial institution Citigroup has revealed in a proxy statement to shareholders that they plan to offer to cover employees’ out-of-state abortions in response to “changes in reproductive healthcare laws” in some states.
The “opportunity” for employees, The Christian Post reported, will be offered as part of the company strategy to offer “compensation and human capital management highlights” to “continuously innovating in how we recruit, train, compensate, promote and engage with our workforce” and to encourage “career growth and development by offering broad and diverse opportunities to colleagues.”
The statement does not mention any state by name, but Texas’ Heartbeat Act is no doubt the most notable state law limiting abortion access in the nation.
“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 statement reads.
Despite well-funded challenges from pro-abortion entities, Texas’ law, which restricts abortions after a ban after a baby’s fetal heartbeat can be detected, has been upheld by both state and federal courts due to its unique enforcement mechanism which empowers private citizens to file civil lawsuits against abortion providers.
The announcement also comes as a Mississippi restricting abortions after 15 weeks is being considered by the Supreme Court, which could weaken or overturn the 1973 decision Roe v. Wade which effectively legalized abortion in the United States. If the Mississippi law is upheld, a pending heartbeat bill in Louisiana would be considered effective.
It’s easy to imagine that, as this is part of an effort on the part of Citigroup to preserve its “human capital,” cynical executives view this cost merely as a means of keeping their employee’s but have signed up to be complicit in the destruction of their employee’s own babies.
If this seems to you to be an egregiously dehumanizing view to take towards “human capital,” you’re not alone.
Pro-life groups and pundits were appalled, including the Susan B. Anthony List which called Citigroup out for their hollow commitment to supporting working mothers.
Forward-thinking companies: We will implement policies to empower working moms@Citi: Here's some cash to cover travel/accommodation costs so your child can be aborted
How poorly you think of working moms. Shame on you. https://t.co/hF49lv0ZGA
— Susan B. Anthony List #ModernizeOurLaw (@SBAList) March 16, 2022
Meanwhile, Texas state Representative Matt Schaefer noted that it is illegal to knowingly provide funds for an abortion in the state.
It’s a criminal offense to “furnish the means for procuring an abortion knowing the purpose intended.” See article 4512.2, Tx revised civil statutes. Punishable by 2–5 yrs prison per abortion. @Citibank officials need to check the law before paying for abortion expenses. #txlege pic.twitter.com/tIJp0kyBB4
— Matt Schaefer (@RepMattSchaefer) March 16, 2022
The Post notes that Citigroup is not the first company to announce coverage for out-of-state abortions, Match Group, parent company for the dating website Match.com, announced in 2021 after Texas’ bill went into effect that it was establishing a fund for Texas employees or their dependents should they need to travel out of state for an abortion.
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