SAN FRANCISCO (LifeSiteNews) — Crowd-source business review platform Yelp has become the latest major company to offer financial support for female employees living in pro-life states to travel to abort their unborn children.
Miriam Warren, the San Francisco-based company’s chief diversity officer, defended the move Tuesday by arguing that “[t]he ability to control your reproductive health, and whether or when you want to extend your family, is absolutely fundamental to being able to be successful in the workplace,” The New York Times reported.
It’s unclear why being able to kill an unborn baby should be necessary for professional success at Yelp. LifeSiteNews reached out to the company for comment but has yet to hear back.
California pro-abortion Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom praised Yelp in a Wednesday tweet, saying the policy is another example of “California companies doing the right thing.”
California companies doing the right thing. 👏 https://t.co/zXdYN9WtQa
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) April 13, 2022
Newsom had previously promised that the Golden State will be an abortion “sanctuary” if the “constitutional right to abortion” established in Roe v. Wade were to be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. The Democrat governor said he anticipates California will become a destination for abortion-seeking women who live in pro-life states like Texas, which have already begun cracking down on the practice.
Meanwhile, Yelp isn’t alone in offering to pay their female employees’ travel expenses to get abortions out of state.
Last month, New-York based investment banking company Citigroup announced it would help fund abortion-related travel costs for its employees.
Gov. Newsom had responded similarly to Citigroup’s announcement, saying it was “the right thing to do” and that “[w]e need more of this from corporate America.”
This is the right thing to do.
We need more of this from corporate America.https://t.co/on91Naz0eP
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 17, 2022
In addition to Citigroup and Yelp, much of “corporate America” already appears to be onboard with showing a unified front to circumvent laws protecting the unborn by offering to help women get abortions.
Apple, Salesforce, and Texas-based online dating company Match Group, which owns Tinder, OkCupid, and Hinge, have all stated they will cover travel expenses for employees seeking abortions outside of their home state, Wired reported late last year. Dating app competitor Bumble has also reportedly created a fund to help pay travel costs for abortion-seeking employees.
Ride-share companies Uber and Lyft, meanwhile, have promised to pay the legal fees for any of their drivers who are sued for taking a woman to an abortion facility in Texas in violation of Texas’ pro-life Heartbeat Act.
Moves to broaden abortion access and even finance travel expenses related to abortion procurement come ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s much-anticipated ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
The crucial case currently on the Supreme Court docket could overturn the federal “right to abortion,” allowing individual states to enact their own laws to restrict or fully ban the procedure by this summer.
Republican lawmakers in many states, including Texas, Idaho, Florida, Oklahoma, and South Dakota, have responded by advancing and enacting a raft of pro-life laws in anticipation of the Court’s ruling.