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Austin companies announce they'll fund employee travel for abortions

Corporations based in Austin or those with locations in the city made the announcements after Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court.

AUSTIN, Texas — Since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade on Friday, corporations across the country have come out and stated they would cover travel costs for employees seeking abortions. 

Among those are Austin-based companies or those with officers in the city. Meta, which has offices in Austin, confirmed it would cover costs for its employees if they travel to seek abortions. 

The Oakview Group, the principal owner of the new Moody Center, said in an Instagram post on Saturday that it "will cover any necessary travel costs for our female employees to access the care they need outside of their state."

The post went on to say that the company supports "equal access for all women to obtain the proper care that they deem appropriate for their bodies."

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Indeed tweeted that employees on the company's insurance "will continue to be reimbursed for travel expenses for covered medical procedures that are unavailable where they live."

"Anything that limited the freedom of women to make their own decisions about their health hurts them and society. Limiting access to safe and affordable health care will hit hardest in marginalized communities, especially people of color and those in lower income brackets," the company said in a statement. 

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Certain Affinity, an independent game developer based out of Austin, said that it would help employees move out to another state or provide the company operates in if the state restricts access to some forms of healthcare. The company's CEO issued that statement back in May after the draft opinion from the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade was leaked. 

The company retweeted the statement following the June 24 ruling. 

Companies like Apple and Bumble have already spoken out or announced changes to their healthcare benefits and policies before, following state-led efforts to restrict or ban abortions through Senate Bill 8.

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