Texas women who work for Citigroup, the fourth largest bank in the United States, may not be able to get an abortion in their state after a fetal heartbeat is detected. But Citigroup wants them to be able to get abortions anyway.
The company announced last week in a filing that it will pay for travel costs for employees seeking abortion, which will particularly affect its more than 8,500 employees in Texas, where abortion was recently banned after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.
“In response to changes in reproductive healthcare laws in certain states in the U.S., beginning in 2022 we provide travel benefits to facilitate access to adequate resources,” the company said.
Pro-abortion advocates have praised the move as a progressive, pro-woman policy. Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted, “Chicago will always welcome women when they need a safe place to access abortion care. Thank you Citigroup for ensuring women have choices.”
Sadly, Citigroup isn’t the only company with policies that encourage and enable female employees to get abortions. Apple’s health insurance covers both abortion and travel expenses for abortion.
What advocates of this policy miss is the great irony of facilitating abortion and calling it pro-woman. Citigroup’s announcement of its policy change appeared in its filing under “development.” The company notes, “Citi encourages career growth and development by offering broad and diverse opportunities to colleagues.”
What actions like this really do in practice, however, is send a message that these diverse opportunities probably shouldn’t include having children. Citigroup is likely happy to facilitate its female employees ending their pregnancies so nothing distracts them from their work.
There was bipartisan outrage when it was discovered that businessman and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a pregnant employee to “kill it,” according to a lawsuit. Even abortion advocate Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren criticized him for it. Why should Citigroup or other companies offering to help women kill their babies receive any less criticism?
If Citigroup wanted to implement truly pro-woman policies, it could offer longer maternity leave, more resources for nursing mothers, or a host of other options.
Ultimately, a woman shouldn’t have to choose between her career or her family. And one should look skeptically at any company or employer that encourages employees to abort their unborn children saying they have women’s best interests in mind.