Google tells US employees they can move to states where abortion is legal

In the wake of the Supreme Court ruling Friday overturned Roe v. Wade that nullifies the constitutional right to abortion, Google has informed US employees that it will allow them to relocate to another state. was not asked.

In a memo Friday (via CNBC), Google’s chief public officer, Fiona Cicconi, reiterated that the internet company’s US benefits plan and health insurance “cover out-of-state medical procedures that are not available where an employee lives.” is and works.” In addition, Google employees “may apply for transfer without justification, and those overseeing this process should be made aware of the situation.”

“Google will continue to work to make reproductive health information accessible in our products and will continue its work to protect user privacy,” Ciconi wrote.

“This is a profound change for the country that deeply affects many of us, especially women,” she wrote in the memo. “Please take into account what your co-workers may be feeling and, as always, treat each other with respect.”

With the landmark Supreme Court ruling, other media and tech companies including Meta, Amazon, Netflix, Apple, Disney, Comcast, Warner Bros. They will pay for the expenses of the employees. Access reproductive health services.

Google has listed 29 office locations in the US, including four states – Florida, Georgia, Texas and Wisconsin – where abortion is currently illegal or where laws banning or banning abortion are likely to go into effect soon. According to the New York Times, nearly half of US states are now expected to withdraw abortion rights because Roe v. Wade is repealed. Most of Google’s US workforce is based in California, where abortion rights are protected.

Google has not issued a public statement regarding the Roe v. Wade decision. Susan Wojcicki, CEO of Google-owned YouTube tweeted on Friday: “As a CEO I agree that there is a spectrum of opinions on SCOTUS’ decision today. As a woman, it is a devastating blow. I personally believe that every woman should have that choice.” When and how she should become a mother. Reproductive rights are human rights.”

Here’s the text of the memo from Google’s Cicconi, according to a copy obtained by The Verge:

Hi everyone,

This morning the US Supreme Court issued a ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that rolls back Roe v. Wade.

This is a profound change for the country that deeply affects many of us, especially women. Everyone will respond in their own way, whether it’s space and time for the process, speaking up, volunteering outside of work, not wanting to discuss it at all, or doing something else entirely. Please be mindful of what your co-workers may be feeling and as always, treat each other with respect.

Equity is exceptionally important to us as a company, and we share concerns about the impact this decision will have on people’s health, lives and careers. We will continue to work to make reproductive health information accessible in our products and will continue our work to protect user privacy.

To support Googlers and their dependents, our American benefits plan and health insurance cover out-of-state medical procedures that are not available when the employee lives and works. Googlers can also apply for transfer without justification, and those overseeing the process will be aware of the situation. If you need additional assistance, please connect 1:1 with a People Consultant [link to internal tool redacted],

We will be arranging support sessions for Googlers in the US in the coming days. These will be posted on Googler News.

Please don’t hesitate to count on your Google community in the days to come and continue to take good care of yourself and each other.

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