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Canva, Atlassian to help US staff access abortions after Roe v. Wade US Supreme Court ruling

Four of Australia’s tech billionaires will fund their US staff, plus a companion, to secure safe and legal abortions as the fiery aftermath of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision continues.

Graphic design platform Canva has joined software giant Atlassian, both Sydney-based companies that have become spectacularly successful worldwide, offering pay for travel and lodging for US workers.

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.

In a statement to the Daily Mail Australia, Canva said it would cover travel and lodging costs for its US staff to achieve safe abortions and that it is

In a statement to the Daily Mail Australia, Canva said it would cover travel and lodging costs for its US staff to achieve safe abortions and that it is “concerned about [US] society’

In a statement to the Daily Mail Australia, Canva said it was

In a statement to the Daily Mail Australia, Canva said it was “concerned about” [US] society’

Atlassian will immediately pay

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)

But even though it was a federal ruling, women are allowed to travel to a state that allows abortion if they have the means.

The move and accompanying statements by the four ultra-wealthy Aussies behind two of Australia’s most successful tech companies in recent history is a remarkable bow to the American conservative right.

Atlassian’s joint CEOs, Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, are worth $27.83 billion and $26.41 billion, respectively, while Canva bosses Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht are jointly worth $13.82 billion.

All four are in the top 10 richest Australians released by the AFR last week.

In a statement to the Daily Mail Australia, Canva said it was “concerned about” [US] society.’

“We are deeply concerned about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v Wade — concerned about the millions of people who no longer have access to safe health care, concerned about our team in the United States being directly impacted by legislative changes, and concerned for society at the precedent this decision sets, a Canva spokesperson said.

Australian companies are among the many that have been quick to offer such benefits – despite Republican senators threatening not to.

Atlassian is believed to have about 3,000 employees in the US while Canva has about 100.

Amazon, Apple, Microsoft, Netflix, Starbucks, Tesla, Meta (Facebook), Uber, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup have all pledged material support for staff seeking abortions.

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

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

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)

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)

With millions of women expected to cross the US state line to access legal abortions, many employers have added “critical health care” packages to employee benefit programs.

The statement added: ‘While we value the spectrum of personal views on this topic, we believe that safe healthcare is a human right’.

“In addition to our current wellness offering…as a first step, starting today, we will cover travel and lodging costs for U.S.-based Canvanauts and their chosen support person to access abortion care in a state where it is not restricted or banned.”

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

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

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.

Atlassian co-founder, billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes, tweeted Saturday morning his company's

Atlassian co-founder, the billionaire, Mike Cannon-Brookes, tweeted Saturday morning his company’s “stunned” response and a defiant statement.

Half of US states are expected to ban abortion after the Supreme Court ruling, including Texas, Utah, Mississippi and Georgia. Florida can extend an existing ban on abortions beyond 15 weeks.

Abortion remains legal in California, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Nevada, and Colorado.

Atlassian’s billionaire co-founder and co-CEO Mike Cannon-Brookes tweeted his company’s “stunned” response Saturday morning with a defiant statement.

“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 endangers their health and safety.

“At Atlassian, we are dismayed by this decision and firmly against the restriction and removal of rights.”

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.

NEW YORK CITY: A crowd gathered in Washington Square Park Friday night to protest the Supreme Court's reversal on Roe v. Wade

NEW YORK CITY: A crowd gathered in Washington Square Park Friday night to protest the Supreme Court’s reversal on Roe v. Wade

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 3,000 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.

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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