Starbucks will pay for employees’ abortion travel fees.

In a memo on Monday, the corporation said that it wants to make sure its staff has “access to great health care.”

Starbucks announced on Monday that it would reimburse travel expenses for employees who require abortions but cannot obtain them within 100 miles of their homes, joining a small group of businesses that have taken steps to protect employee abortion access as the Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade.

Sara Kelly, the company’s acting vice president for partner resources, said she was “very disturbed” after reading a draft Supreme Court opinion published by Politico earlier this month to overturn the 1973 abortion decision.

Ms. Kelly wrote in a statement to Starbucks employees on Monday, “I know this is weighing on many of you, so let me be clear upfront – regardless of what the Supreme Court decides, we will always ensure our partners have access to quality health care.”

Starbucks is one of a few firms that have declared plans to cover transportation costs for employees who require abortions, including Yelp, Citigroup, and Tesla. However, since the Supreme Court’s draft ruling was released, most firms and business leaders have remained silent.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, if Roe is reversed, the average distance to an abortion provider will increase by 97 miles, from 25 miles to 122 miles. This research organization promotes abortion rights.

In the United States, Starbucks employs 240,000 people and has approximately 9,000 outlets. However, the corporation refused to say how many employees it has in Texas, and other states will soon outlaw abortions if the Supreme Court overturns Roe.

Starbucks claimed that covering the costs of travel for employees seeking abortions added to the company’s already extensive healthcare benefits, including insurance coverage for gender-affirming services and surrogacy, adoption, and fertility treatments. As lawmakers throughout the country push anti-trans legislation, the corporation announced that it would begin to reimburse travel charges for employees who cannot access gender-affirming care near their homes.

Starbucks’ consumers and employees tend to be more liberal, which analysts believe has led to the burgeoning labor movement at over 250 locations.

Starbucks hasn’t said when the travel reimbursements for abortions would go into effect.



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