Apple responds to Roe v. Wade rollback

An aerial view of Apple Park is seen in Cupertino, California, the United States, October 28, 2021.

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Apple employees can use their company benefits to travel out of state to receive medical treatment, the company confirmed Friday. The benefit has been available to employees for more than 10 years, the company said.

The statement comes as companies across the country, including Alphabet, Amazon and Meta, pledge to pay for employees to travel for abortions if they are in states where it is prohibited after the ruling. the Supreme Court on Friday to overturn Roe v. Wade, roll back the federal right to have an abortion.

“As we’ve said before, we support the right of our employees to make their own decisions about their reproductive health. For more than a decade, Apple’s comprehensive benefits have enabled our employees to travel outside the state for medical care if it’s unavailable in their home country,” an Apple spokesperson told CNBC.

In September, Apple said in an internal memo that it was monitoring legal proceedings regarding abortion laws in Texas, and said at the time that the company’s benefits gave employees the opportunity to obtain benefits. out-of-state medical care if not available in their home state. .

Furthermore, the decision quashing Roe v. Wade highlighted health apps and concerns about the data they collect, such as menstrual cycle tracking, which some advocates say could be used to prosecute people seeking abortions in states where this is illegal.

Apple’s Health app has a cycle tracking feature, and if data is uploaded to Apple’s servers for backup and the user has enabled two-factor authentication, it is encrypted, which means that Apple cannot read the data.

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