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DOJ Employees Ask Biden Administration To Aid Abortion Travel To Avoid State Bans

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A bunch of Justice Department employees has asked the federal government to supply administrative leave to employees who must travel outside their state to hunt reproductive health care ahead of a Supreme Court ruling that would redefine access to abortion.

“As an initial step, we ask that the Administration swiftly consider requiring federal agencies to grant administrative leave to cover the time it takes an worker, or an worker’s member of the family, to travel to a different state to acquire reproductive health care services not available in their very own state because of restrictive laws,” says the letter sent Wednesday by the DOJ’s Gender Equality Network to Biden administration officials.

After this month’s leak of a Supreme Court draft opinion showing the court’s conservative majority is preparing to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion decision, many private employers have sought to reassure employees with help traveling outside states that ban the procedure. If the draft becomes the court’s official ruling, abortion could possibly be outlawed in as many as 26 states.

On Monday, Starbucks became the most recent large company to announce a policy covering costs for workers who must travel greater than 100 miles to get an abortion.

“No matter what the Supreme Court finally ends up deciding, we’ll all the time ensure our partners have access to quality health care,” said Sara Kelly, Starbucks acting executive vp of partner resources, based on The Associated Press.

Americans fearful concerning the court’s upcoming decision protested in support of abortion rights across the country over the weekend.

The DOJ employees said help with travel falls under the administration’s executive authority and urged officials to make use of the identical reasoning they applied to supply federal employees and their families break day for COVID vaccinations.

“Likewise, the administration should have the opportunity to offer federal employees with an affordable amount of administrative leave to access reproductive health take care of their health, safety and physical and mental wellbeing,” the group wrote.

Additionally they argued it is a “critical matter of gender equity and equality,” citing the impact restrictive laws would have “on employees of color, those that work in distant locations and people from other marginalized communities.”

The help could run afoul of the Hyde Amendment, based on The Recent York Times. The amendment prevents employees on government-funded health care plans from getting insurance coverage for abortion.

The Gender Equality Network said the Hyde Amendment “doesn’t impose restrictions on ancillary accommodations.”

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