Australian tech giant Atlassian to help US employees get ‘safe’ abortions after Supreme Court ruling
Australian-run software giant Atlassian has vowed to help pay for its American employees to get a safe abortion.
The Supreme Court controversially chose to overturn Roe v. Wade, a nearly 50-year-old decision granting women the constitutional right to abortion, sparking widespread protests.
But even though it was a federal ruling, women are allowed to travel to a state that allows abortion if they have the means.
Atlassian will immediately pay “travel and lodging” for US-based workers — and “a companion” — so they can have a safe abortion (pictured, co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes tweeting the policy on Saturday morning, with wife Anne Cannon-Brookes)
Supreme Court controversially chose to overturn Roe v. Wade, a nearly 50-year-old decision granting women the constitutional right to abortion, sparking widespread protests
NEW YORK CITY: The pro-choice protesters marched from Union Square in Manhattan to Washington Square, then up Park Avenue
Atlassian made it clear Saturday morning that it would immediately pay “travel and lodging expenses” for American workers — and “a companion” — so they can have a safe abortion.
Abortion remains legal in most states, including California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Nevada, and Florida.
It is banned in five states, including Texas, with 11 more expected to follow.
The Australian company is one of many that has been quick to offer such benefits — despite Republican senators threatening not to.
Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, Starbucks, Tesla, Meta (Facebook), Uber, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup have all pledged material support for staff seeking abortions.
Atlassian’s billionaire co-founder and co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes tweeted his company’s “stunned” response Saturday morning with a defiant statement.
The Australian company is one of many to quickly offer such benefits — despite Republican senators threatening not to (pictured are Atlassian co-founders and joint CEOs Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar)
Mike Brookes-Cannon was quick to alert social media on Saturday to his company’s official stance on the US Supreme Court’s decision on abortion
“Starting today, U.S. workers living in states that have restricted or banned abortions will be offered reimbursement for travel and lodging for themselves and a companion if they seek care outside of their state,” the statement said.
Today’s Supreme Court decision not only deprives women and pregnant people of their rights, but also puts their health and safety at risk.
“At Atlassian, we are dismayed by this decision and firmly against the restriction and removal of rights.”
Atlassian co-founder, billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes, tweeted Saturday morning his company’s “stunned” response and a defiant statement.
It also said workers’ health and safety was a “priority,” including their “right to access safe and legal reproductive health care.”
Australian social media users praised Cannon-Brookes for Atlassian’s booth.
He and Scott Farquhar, the co-CEO, founded Atlassian in 2002 and are believed to live side by side in the mansions of Point Piper.
Cannon-Brookes is married to fashion designer Anne Brookes-Cannon and in 2018 they bought Australia’s most expensive home for $100 million from Point Piper.
Atlassian has more than 8,000 employees in the US and the company has previously said that about a quarter of its employees are women, but that it is trying to “do better” on diversity.
NEW YORK CITY: A crowd gathered in Washington Square Park Friday night to protest the Supreme Court’s reversal on Roe v. Wade
US polls show that Americans favor legislation that would legalize abortion nationwide by more than 20 percent.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio introduced a bill to the U.S. Senate to prohibit employers from deducting expenses related to abortion travel expenses from their employees.
The No Tax Breaks for Radical Corporate Activism Act would also prohibit them from claiming expenses for “gender affirmative care” for employees’ young children.
“Our tax code must be pro-family and promote a culture of living.”
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