Apple responds to Roe v. Wade rollback

Aerial view of Apple Park in Cupertino, California, USA on October 28, 2021.

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Apple employees can use their company’s benefits to travel out of state for medical care, the company confirmed on Friday. According to the company, the benefit is provided to employees for more than 10 years.

The claim comes from corporations across the country, including Alphabet, Amazonas well as Meta commit to pay for staff travel to perform abortions if they are in states where it is prohibited following Friday’s Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. wade, repeal of the federal right to abortion.

“As we have said before, we support the right of our employees to make their own decisions regarding their reproductive health. For more than a decade, Apple’s Comprehensive Benefits have allowed our employees to travel out of state for medical care if needed. not available in their home state,” an Apple spokesperson told CNBC.

In September, Apple said in an internal note that she tracked litigation over abortion laws in Texas and stated at the time that the company’s benefits give employees the opportunity to receive out-of-state medical care if it is not available in their home state.

Separately, the decision to set aside Roe v. Wade singled out health apps and worried about the data they collectsuch as menstrual tracking, which some proponents say could be used to prosecute people who want abortions in states where it’s illegal.

The Apple Health app has cycle tracking functionand if the data is uploaded to Apple’s servers for backup, and the user has two-factor authentication enabled, then it is encrypted, meaning that Apple cannot read the data.