Nearly half of women would quit work because of employer’s stance on abortion: poll

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Nearly half of working women would quit their jobs if their employers’ views on abortion differed from theirs, a new poll shows.

The poll, by the women-focused investment platform Ellevest, found that 44% of working American women said they would leave their current jobs if their employer’s views on reproductive rights didn’t match theirs.

For millennial working women, the largest generational group in the female workforce, that number rose to 56%, Bloomberg reported. Millennials make up about 35% of the total workforce.

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More than half of nearly 2,500 respondents said the Supreme Court’s decision to repeal the constitutional right to abortion has heightened their concerns about reproductive health finances.

Numerous leading companies have since offered to pay for workers’ transportation costs to states where abortion is still legal. Workers and unions are also urging employers to shoulder the increased costs of getting abortions out of state.

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A recent Bloomberg analysis found that women in states where abortion is banned or severely restricted now have to travel an average of 550 miles to states where abortion is still possible.

She pointed to COVID-19 and inflation as important aspects of women’s growing financial insecurity. But she stressed that the Supreme Court’s abortion decision now “obscures” women’s economic future.

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