Dozens of House Republicans want Congress to stop contracting with Citigroup after the bank promised to start paying its employees’ travel costs to abort their unborn babies.
In a letter Tuesday to House Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Szpindor, pro-life lawmakers urged the government to cancel its contracts with the trillion-dollar bank, according to Bloomberg Law.
U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Louisiana, who led the effort, said they do not want tax dollars to be used to support abortions.
“By choosing to underwrite travel to abortions for its employees, Citi has explicitly staked out its position to advance the liberal agenda of abortion on demand and has shown no regard for whether a particular state’s laws are in place to protect the safety of a woman and her child,” Johnson wrote on behalf of 45 House Republicans, Reuters reports.
The federal government contracts with Citigroup to provide credit cards to U.S. House members to pay for their travel costs and office supplies.
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Earlier this year, Citigroup, a $1.7 trillion-dollar company, announced plans to begin paying its employees’ travel costs for an abortion, including airfare, lodging and other expenses.
“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 company wrote in a report to shareholders.
The action came in response to states like Texas that are working to protect unborn babies from abortion. Since September, Texas has banned abortions on unborn babies once their heartbeats are detectable, saving thousands of lives.
Other companies, including Apple, Uber, GoDaddy, Match and Tinder, Stitch Fix, Patagonia and Seventh Generation, also have criticized Texas for prohibiting abortions. The software company Salesforce even offered to help employees move out of Texas because of the law.
These companies are not helping women by encouraging them to abort their unborn babies. Women already face intense pressure to have abortions, sometimes from partners and other times from their employers.
What women and children need is real support, and pro-life advocates are striving to provide it. Along with passing the heartbeat law last year, Texas state lawmakers also increased support for pregnant and parenting mothers and babies, ensuring that they have resources to choose life for their babies. Other pro-life advocates across the U.S. also are working to expand support services for families in need, through pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and even pregnant and parenting mothers in prison.