Starbucks offers travel reimbursement for those seeking abortion or gender affirmation procedures

Starbucks Corp. SBUX,
announced on Monday that it has added a worker health benefit, offering travel reimbursement to those enrolled in its program who seek abortions or gender-affirming procedures. The announcement comes after a leaked draft of a Supreme Court decision threatens to overturn Roe v Wade. The benefit will apply to anyone who cannot access these services within 100 miles of their place of residence. The benefit also applies to dependents of workers. “[R]Regardless of what the Supreme Court ultimately decides, we will always ensure that our partners have access to quality health care,” Sara Kelly, acting executive vice president of partner resources, wrote in a letter posted on the Starbucks website. “Whatever health care choice you believe is right for you and your family, you deserve access to those services and the benefits Starbucks offers. » Other companies, including Levi Strauss LEVI,
and Amazon AMZN,
have also added a travel reimbursement benefit. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has retaliated against companies making the pledge by proposing legislation that will prevent companies from getting tax breaks to cover those costs. Starbucks shares have fallen 37% since the start of the year.