Amazon Will Offer Employees Travel Reimbursements for Non-Life-Threatening Medical Procedures, Including Abortion

The move came in response to a slew of intensifying, GOP-backed efforts to curb abortion access and other forms of reproductive health care.

Amazon logo seen at the entrance to Amazon's Shannon Building on Burlington Road in Dublin. On Thursday, 08 July 2021, in Dublin, Ireland Credit: Getty Images

Ahead of a leaked Supreme Court draft suggesting that Roe v. Wade may be overturned, Amazon informed staff yesterday that the company would pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses annually for non-life-threatening medical treatments, including abortion.

The move came in response to a slew of intensifying, GOP-backed efforts to curb abortion access and other forms of reproductive health care. USA Today reported that Amazon’s new work benefit would apply in situations where an operation could not be performed within 100 miles of an employee’s home and virtual care was not an option. The benefit is effective retroactively to January 1, 2022.

Amazon joins a number of other companies — including Yelp Inc., and Citigroup Inc. — that have looked for ways to support employees amid increasingly stringent legislation.

Note: This article's headline has been updated to reflect that the benefit expansion is for travel and lodging reimbursements for non-life-threatening conditions. Additionally, a previous version of this article stated that the benefit would take effect in January 2023; it has been amended to reflect that the benefit is retroactive to January 1, 2022.