Sigh. Cry. Scream. Wtf. Having all the feels about everything. And about “company reimbursement for abortion-related services”…
*This is a previous post from June 2022 that holds relevance today with the country’s continued chaotic & harmful laws against basic healthcare. This is a thought piece.
“Company reimbursement” for abortions
2 main thoughts:
- 1) We are in an emergency so everything goes – not knocking it – it is a gesture coming from a good place and an “all stops” method seems needed after this heinous court decision.
- 2) …… Companies. Should. Not. Know. If. You’ve. Had. An. Abortion. Unless. You. Want. Them. To. Know. — so many issues with this, not least of all privacy. This is so problematic….
It also is really disturbing that companies and CEOs have to “come to the rescue” because our government, healthcare system, and social structures are so bad & in such disarray.
I recently had a conversation with a CEO (a man) who was bragging about how generous he was for giving the mothers at his company “generous” paid time off after birthing a human. He said something along the lines of “it comes out of my pocket, my bottom line” 🤢🤮 (it was considered “generous” time off for the U.S. – a.k.a. pathetic according to every other country).
The thing is, he thought he sounded good. He thought he sounded like a great person. He believed he was a wonder and so altruistic and overly generous. I could tell from his voice. His intonation. His self boasting. This CEO is not scraping by (and neither are many, many, many other CEO’s)… this person is obviously and immensely profiting, even with the “generous” family leave he gives.
🚩 So many red flags: We are in a bad place
🚩🚩🚩 We are in a very bad place societally when men still think & believe they have to “save” women and are so “generous” while doing so.
I’m not saying these companies are on that same level (yet). I think they’re doing what needs to be done in a moment of emergency. (And they sure as hell have the funds to do so! See: “U.S. companies just had their best year since before most of us were born” (Gibson, CBS, 2022)). But this isn’t a norm we want to keep around…
❓A couple more questions:
- 1. Who’s the head of all these companies that are “saving” women and providing this service?
- 2. To whom does their large corporation typically send (political) donations to?
Asking for a friend….🤨
We need the receipts. All of them.
*Access to abortion impacts financial, career, & negotiation outcomes.
Full stop. Nothing else needs to be said. Seems so basic… healthcare is basic. This is basic. (And… sadly I think they know that… which is scary as f*%#). They’re knowingly, willingly & happily taking away a basic human right.
Keep speaking. Keep screaming. Call out injustices wherever they are – in healthcare, in government, in the workplace.
*Article: “U.S. companies just had their best year since before most of us were born” – CBS (March 31, 2022)
Author: Kate Gibson
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