Microsoft has now joined the ever-growing list of companies pledging to provide female employees with abortion benefits, along with coverage for so-called “gender-affirming care” for their employees’ transgender children.
The software company told the Washington Post on Wednesday that it “will continue to do everything we can under the law to protect our employees’ rights and support employees and their enrolled dependents in accessing critical health care — which already includes services like abortion and gender-affirming care — regardless of where they live across the U.S.”
As the recent leaked opinion draft indicates that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, returning the issue of abortion to the states, it is likely that abortion will be banned or severely restricted in many states. In the aftermath of this potential decision, Microsoft is planning to provide their employees with funds to travel to access abortion services, if they happen to live in a state where they cannot do so.
In a statement, the company revealed that employee benefits are being extended “to include travel expense assistance for these and other medical services where access to care is limited in availability in an employee’s home geographic region.”
Microsoft made this announcement in response to a request from the Washington Post for a story about how video game companies have remained “mostly silent” following the leaking of the Supreme Court opinion draft.
The Washington Post’s story has received criticism online, with many social media users referring to it as “threatening” in order to create a story rather than actual journalism.
“This is a toxic new way of ‘journalisming.’ You reach out to neutral actors on X, most don’t comment, then you write about ‘the silence’ or for those who do speak, ABC spoke out against X. You create a whole controversy, where none existed, by yourself, then report on it,” one Twitter user wrote.
“So you used your position as Jeff Bezos’ attack dog to threaten companies you claim to ‘cover’ that they better support the violence of abortion or you’d sic a violent mob on them. You’re a baddie — and NOT a journalist,” wrote Mollie Hemingway, Editor-in-chief of the Federalist.
“1. Have you considered getting a real job? 2. Do you think it’s smart for a business to issue an opinion on the most divisive political issue in the country? 3. Do you think the right should also demand fealty oaths, e.g., in support of the 2nd Amendment?” asked another Twitter user.
Following Politico’s report on the Supreme Court leak, many large companies have announced their commitment to abortion by promising to provide benefits to employees living in states where abortion restrictions would go into effect if Roe were to be overruled. One major example is Amazon, the second-largest private employer in the U.S., which announced that it will pay up to $4,000 in annual travel expenses for any female employee who travels more than 100 miles to obtain an abortion.
Other companies that have announced that they will be offering similar benefits include Citigroup Inc., Disney, Yelp Inc., Uber, Lyft, and more.
But the Washington Post’s story specifically focuses on how video game companies, which have become bastions of radical leftist politics, “have kept both their mouths and wallets closed” on these issues while other companies have acted. The Post called this silence “conspicuous,” since the video game industry had previously championed left-wing causes such as Black Lives Matter.
Out of the more than 20 video game companies that the Post reached out to for comment, only Microsoft, which manufactures the Xbox gaming system, and Activision Blizzard responded to the left-wing news outlet with statements.
The GOP has finally begun to fight back against the push from corporations to oppose Republican state laws which restrict abortion access or so-called ‘gender transition’ for minors. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) recently introduced legislation that would prevent companies from deducting medical expenses related to these benefits from their taxes.
“Businesses should not receive tax breaks for radical leftist activism, especially when that activism jeopardizes our children. Our tax code should encourage family formation and promote a culture of life. Instead, it too often encourages subsidies for the murder of unborn babies and the performance of horrific ‘medical’ treatments on kids,” the senator said after introducing the bill.