Match Group and AT&T have donated to anti-abortion politics, both to fund abortion travel

The Dallas -based Match Group, which runs former apps like Tinder and Hinge, recently told employees it would suspend donations to the Republican Attorneys General Association, which supported reversing the Roe vs. Wade in 1973.

The announcement comes after Match unveiled a fund in October for Texas employees in need of secure access to abortion care through a partnership with Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles. The company is exploring ways to expand the policy to all of its U.S. employees, including remote employees in trigger law states. Match health care plans cover travel and lodging costs for any employee who needs to travel out of state to receive care.

The company will also end its support to the Democratic Attorneys General Association, according to New York Times. Match Group donated more than $ 100,000 to the Republican Attorneys General Association last year, including more than $ 100,000 to the Democratic Attorneys General Association, the New York Times reported. It is common for large corporations to provide affiliated groups to the same political party.

The OkCupid Match app, which uses multiple-choice questions to pair members, introduced a pro-choice badge in 2021 that users can add to their profiles to show their support for the match. access to destruction.

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The company also joined the “Don’t Forbid Equality” movement, which is focused on ensuring that companies provide employee access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion.

Shaunna Thomas, co-founder and executive director at UltraViolet, a leading gender justice organization that tracks corporate donations to anti-abortion politics, praised Match’s decision.

“Match Group’s announcement that it will stop certain political donations in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision granting constitutional protections for abortion rights is an important step in corporate accountability,” Thomas said.

Match isn’t the only Dallas-Fort Worth company that has previously donated to anti-abortion politicians.

Telecommunications giant AT & T’s political action committee also contributed to Republican candidates against abortion. It also donated to Democrats.

According to OpenSecrets, Republican Rep. from Texas Jodey Arrington, Michael Burgess, Dan Crenshaw, Kay Granger, Michael McCaul, Patrick Fallon, Tony Gonzales, August Pfluger, Chip Roy and Pete Sessions all received donations in 2021-22 from AT&T from $ 1,000 up to $ 5,000. Eight Democratic representatives received funding during the same period.

AT&T also promised to fund travel for women.

After being asked about the company’s policy after Roe’s collapse, AT&T sent a statement to The Dallas Morning News: “The health of our employees and their families is important to our company, and we provide benefits that cover the cost of travel for medical procedures that are not available within 100 miles of their home,” said AT&T representative Jim Greer in the emailed statement.

When asked if those medical procedures include abortion, Greer wrote, “it covers medical procedures.”

AT&T used contributions from its high -dollar PAC to send messages to members of Congress on other political decisions. In 2021, the company suspended contributions to Republicans who voted to oppose the certification of Electoral College votes.

The company is one of the largest power players in Washington, and its PAC sent more than $ 2.7 million as contributions to lawmakers in the 2020 election cycle alone. It is ranked as the fourth most active PAC in the country, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2022, the PAC contributed more than $ 1.3 million to political candidates.

The other corporation that has donated to politicians who are trying to reduce access to abortion but still promise to provide abortion travel benefits is Amazon.com Inc. and Walt Disney Co., according to Bloomberg.

In Texas, businesses support women’s reproductive rights could be targeted by Republican lawmakers. Fourteen Republican members of the state House of Representatives have vowed to introduce bills in the upcoming legislature session that would prevent corporations from doing business in Texas if companies pay for out-of-state abortions, according to the Texas Tribune.

Businesses turn to their attorneys for advice on how to navigate employee benefits. Attorney Rogge Dunn in Dallas said corporations need to be careful and comply with state laws.

“The takeaway requires companies to proceed slowly, carefully and cautiously before they can implement it because of the chances of getting involved in a lawsuit,” Dunn said.

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