On June 24, the Supreme Court upheld Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that protected a pregnant person’s right to choose an abortion, by a vote of 6 to 3. In doing so, access to abortion was left to the individual states, allowing 13 states – Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming – to abort the majority of cases make illegal.
In the hours and days following the news, many celebrities, politicians and big companies have taken a stand on the issue and shared their support for voting rights. In addition to many beauty brands aligning with Don’t Ban Equality, the largest network of companies advocating for reproductive rights, some have expanded their employee benefits to cover travel, lodging, or other expenses related to finding medical care in a legal abortion state.
Seeing that companies are committed to their employees and the right to self-determination over their bodies is an important first step. However, this is by no means a one-size-fits-all solution, as covering the costs of an abortion only grants access to full-time workers and leaves out many people (including hourly workers) who may need the assistance.
Read ahead of time for full statements from beauty brands that have pledged to cover the cost of abortions in a legal state for their employees.
“Ulta Beauty has long valued equality for our guests, our 40,000+ employees and the communities we serve. We are committed to providing equal access to quality healthcare options and ensuring that those enrolled in our medical plan have access to covered healthcare. Effective Friday, June 24, this support was expanded to include travel support for eligible reproductive health services where access to care is limited. Although the Supreme Court ruling directly affects women and families, we continue to monitor the situation closely and will continue to evaluate how we can best support our employees as other issues impact communities within the Ulta Beauty family. As always, we encourage our teams and our guests to learn more and act on issues that matter to them by making their voices heard and counting their voices.”
“Amika’s policy provides paid leave and additional support for any employee who suffers a pregnancy loss, including an abortion.
“We know that attempts to limit access to quality healthcare will have far-reaching consequences for our employees, customers and communities. We created a new travel benefit to ensure our employees continue to have access to the healthcare they need.”
Elf Beauty (including Elf Cosmetics Keys Soulcare and Well People)
“Elf Beauty stands for women’s right to choose and supports access to reproductive health care for all. As a company dedicated to empowering women, Elf believes in protecting women’s rights and takes the following actions: Elf covers travel and accommodation expenses for their employees to have full access to reproductive care services. Elf’s reproductive care services – particularly its fertility and adoption programs – have long been part of efforts to support employee privacy, safety and freedom of family planning. Elf supports employees using flexible time off to speak out and join nonviolent demonstrations across the country.”
We will continue to update this list as more beauty companies update their policies.
https://www.popsugar.com/beauty/beauty-brands-employee-abortion-travel-costs-48869259 Beauty Brands Covering Abortion Costs For Employees