Corporate Pressure on Abortion Rights

We’re continuing to track how corporations are responding to the Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision.

What we’re seeing:

  • New corporate announcements of travel benefits have largely trailed off. But announcements from Walmart and other large companies that have pledged to consider the issue could be coming soon.
  • There’s been growing interest in how companies plan to execute their travel benefits, particularly in terms of employee privacy. Starbucks plans to rely on third party point people so employees don’t have to discuss personal medical needs with managers. Yelp will administer benefits through insurance providers so employee claims and reimbursement details are never shared with employers.
  • Tech and payment companies face growing pressure to address consumer data privacy, but they have remained largely silent. Google, however, has announced it will delete location data from users visiting ”personal places” like abortion-care clinics, weight loss centers and domestic violence shelters. Some responses urge Google to go further and delete all search and location data from users.
  • Companies that have announced abortion travel benefits have faced some scrutiny around political giving to politicians who support abortion restrictions. Very few have responded to critics, but there are some exceptions. After Popular Information called out Match Group for donating $137,000 to the Republican Attorneys General Association (RAGA)—which helped overturn Roe—it announced it would no longer donate to the organization. 
  • Over 600 companies have signed on to the Don’t Ban Equality statement, including Dove, H&M US, Levi Strauss, Lyft, Lululemon, Nordstrom, Patagonia and Yelp.
  • Most consumers stand with companies that stand up for abortion rights. Since our survey of politically-engaged Americans in May after the Dobbs draft decision leaked, respondents have become more likely to do business with companies who speak out against abortion bans. They are less likely than before to do business with companies that stay quiet.