Big businesses that are funding abortion travel may be making female employees feel pressured into aborting their unborn babies, a Texas congressman warned this week.
In letters to Disney, Warner Bros., Google and Facebook (Meta) on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Michael Cloud, R-Texas, asked why their companies have chosen to emphasize abortion and not paid family leave for female employees since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
“I’m concerned that major corporations are pressuring women to receive abortions rather than taking time away from work through maternity leave,” Cloud wrote. “Women should feel supported in their decision to balance their family with work. If these companies are exploiting women under the guise of abortion access, then we have a serious problem.”
Entertainment companies like Walt Disney, Warner Brothers and Netflix and tech giants like Google, Apple, Meta, which owns Facebook, and Microsoft now offer their employees money to travel to abort their unborn babies. Others including Lyft, Yelp, Dick’s Sporting Goods, the grocery store chains Giant Eagle and Kroger recently said they will begin paying employees’ travel costs for abortions, too.
Some of these companies already are facing civil rights complaints for allegedly discriminating against pregnant employees who chose life for their unborn babies.
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In his letter to the Walt Disney Company, Cloud said the company issued a memo on the same day as the Supreme Court ruled on the abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health telling employees that it would pay for their abortion travel costs.
However, Disney did not mention paid family leave or other support for employees who choose life for their unborn babies anywhere in that memo, Cloud said.
He expressed concerns that the emphasis on abortion will add to the discrimination that women already face in the workplace.
“Women have historically faced discrimination for being pregnant due to the number of days women will be absent from the workforce due to the birth and care of their children,” he said. “They should not feel coerced into seeking an abortion instead of taking time off to have their child, especially since women are already having fewer children than they want.”
The congressman urged the companies to support women and families, especially at a time when many are struggling with high inflation, skyrocketing gas prices and a baby formula shortage.
“It is imperative that women feel they are supported in their decision to balance their family with their work,” Cloud said.
Most companies couched their pro-abortion stance in terms of “health care,” claiming women need abortions to be healthy and free. But these companies are encouraging and supporting the elective, unnecessary killing of unborn babies in abortions – when they could be helping families instead.
Meanwhile, pro-life advocates are striving to provide real support to mothers and babies across the U.S. 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.