By Courtney Connley and Sharon Yi
Chief executives across the country are grappling with the fallout of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to overturn Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization and the protections afforded in Roe v. Wade. It has left women’s access to care in states’ hands, which complicates matters for the private sector. As this impacts half of the women in the country, corporations are needing to figure out how to support their employees in a post-Roe America beyond providing an insurance plan.
According to a national survey from research firm Perry Undem, 80% of today’s top working talent considers abortion access an important part of women’s rights and gender equity. With the rise of remote work, companies have employees stretched out across the states — and therefore now have employees who have different healthcare access.
For executives like Chief Member Veronica Jones, who serves as Chief Operating Officer at the National Abortion Federation (NAF), she’s already seen how state-level restrictions, such as SB8 in Texas, have affected women’s access to care — and as a result, their finances when forced to travel out of state. Now, the lack of federal protection will effectively sever women’s care in nearly half of the states, acutely impacting those who already are the most vulnerable and economically disenfranchised — with the Black and brown communities being affected the most.
For leaders navigating this new era, here are some policies that you can implement to support your staff today. For more guidance, Rhia Ventures compiled a list of responses from 71 companies (organized by those with more and less than 500 employees), sharing everything from their travel policies to public statements. Finally, for a list of reproductive justice organizations whose funds go directly towards policy change, independent abortion clinics, and women who need financial assistance for care, see below.
To support national funds:
National Abortion Federation (NAF): As the largest professional association of abortion providers, NAF includes private and non-profit clinics, along with women's health centers and hospitals who provide critical access to healthcare for women across the country. The funds go directly to assist individuals in need of financial assistance when seeking care.
Keep Our Clinics: A fund by the Abortion Care Network that helps to support independent clinics to stay open for those searching for care. The fund also provides relocation assistance to independent practices that need it so that abortion care remains accessible.
National Network of Abortion Funds: This membership organization for abortion providers uses donated funds to financially assist women seeking care, paying for transportation, childcare, food and the procedure itself. The funds are distributed to 86 abortion funds. They also support a toll-free hotline that offers abortion referrals to those in need.
To support reproductive justice organizations that are led by women of color:
National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda: An alliance that partners with eight organizations led by Black women to impact policies on reproductive health at the national, state, and local levels. The funds are used for education, advocacy, and grassroots mobilization to secure reproductive justice for all women.
National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice: An organization that uses donated funds to support and advocate for equitable reproductive rights and abortion care for Latinx women.
Indigenous Women Rising: An organization whose funds are used to make abortion care more accessible to Indigenous communities across the country.
Fós Feminista: An alliance of more than 170 organizations worldwide that uses funds to advance sexual reproductive health, rights, and justice for women, girls, and gender diverse people.