Hundreds of Google employees ask company to expand abortion benefits

Hundreds of Google employees ask company to expand abortion benefits

Google employees are calling on the tech giant to offer abortion benefits to contractors, halt donations to anti-abortion politicians and expand travel benefits.

More than 650 employees of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, signed a petition distributed by the Alphabet Workers Union.

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The Google logo on a window casts a shadow on the carpet in the Koelnmesse press center. (Rolf Vennenbernd/Photo Alliance via Getty Images / Getty Images)

The petition requests Google and Alphabet Inc. to stop using “gender” language in the provision of abortion tools and to recognize that the destruction of Roe vs. Wade has implications for “all genders”.

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Lettering with the Google logo is pasted on a window in the press center. (Rolf Vennenbernd/Photo Alliance via Getty Images / Getty Images)

The Alphabet Workers Union has also made demands for “protecting” Google employees “from corporate influence.”

Anti-abortion politicians, Alphabet Workers Union says, are “responsible for appointing the Supreme Court justices who overthrew Roe vs. Wade and continue to infringe on other human rights issues related to voting rights and gun control.”

Following the June decision, Google wrote a letter to employees that their benefits package allows employees to travel out of state for abortions that may not be available to them and that they can request a permanent relocation “without justification.”

But union leaders say it’s crucial to exclude contractors and temporary workers who don’t get the same benefits.

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Lettering with the Google logo is pasted on a window in the press center of Koelnmesse. (Rolf Vennenbernd/Photo Alliance via Getty Images / Getty Images)

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The petitioners also demand that Google protect users “to prevent their data from being used against them and to address misinformation and misleading information,” including removing false results for abortion clinics and strengthening health-related privacy controls.

Google has said it will continue to fight police requests for user information it deems excessive.

In July, Google promised they would quickly remove the location from users after they visited sensitive locations, such as abortion clinics.

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Alphabet Workers Union said that Alphabet Inc. and Google should view reproductive rights protection as an existential struggle, as it did with COVID-19, and convene a task force to monitor changes.

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