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Amazon says it will support workers who travel to access abortions

Corresponding ReutersAmazon told its employees this week that “it will pay up to $4,000 annually in travel expenses for non-life-threatening medical treatments, including abortions.”

This follows a trend set by other big companies like Citigroup and Yelp, which have also said they will help employees requesting abortions if Roe v. calf is lifted, regardless of whether they are employed in states that restrict them.

While some on social media say this is an unequivocal good, others contend that a good thing shouldn’t mask the other problems that exist at companies like Amazon.

A discussion on the subject recently erupted on TikTok after user Kayla Jardine (@journalistjardine) made a video on the subject. Kayla’s video currently has over 85,000 views.

@journalistjardine There are loads of other companies too #mybodymychoice #reproductiverights #defendroevwade #feminism #sexism #breakingnews #roevwade #roevwadeoverturn #roevwadeoverturned #supremecourtleak #amazonnews @journalistjardine ♬ Bezos I – Bo Burnham

“Have you heard that Amazon will reimburse US workers who have to travel for an abortion?” Kayla asks at the beginning of the video.

“*Starts supporting Amazon immediately*,” she writes in the text overlaid on the video.

While Kayla notes in comments that this video is “just a joke” and that she was just trying to enjoy “some good news in a crappy news cycle,” the video nonetheless sparked considerable debate and discussion.

On the one hand, people were opposed to supporting Amazon, regardless of their stance on abortion.

“Nope,” said one user. “The pros of Amazon do not outweigh the cons.”

“Not a good one [outweigh] the damage Amazon is doing,” agreed a second. “Please avoid supporting them as much as possible.”

“Ehhhhh Amazon is still bad,” shared a third. “Support local businesses instead [if] You can.”

Some have been the clearest in their criticism.

“Oops beast,” wrote one TikToker.

“Uh… maybe not…” contributed another.

Others still said Amazon’s decision may have been more practical than ideological.

“[In my opinion] It’s easier for them to pay them 4,000 and a few days off instead of paying for healthcare and maternity leave,” one TikToker claimed.

On the other hand, some shared that while they don’t support Amazon, they are satisfied that such a large company has taken a stand on the issue they support.

“OP is NOT saying Amazon is a good company,” explains one user. “But that’s a small gain.”

“People will continue to use Amazon, so I think it’s good that their policies reflect how the country feels,” Kayla explained in comments.

As Kayla later explained, “I never said they were a good company! But I think this policy could help some people.”

Kayla didn’t immediately respond to Daily Dot’s request for comment via Instagram DM and TikTok comment.


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*Initial publication: May 7, 2022 at 9:04 am CDT

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