Google steps into abortion controversy, says this- read full letter

Google has sent a letter to its employees informing them about the company's response to the US Supreme Court ruling on abortion. Here is what Google has said.

| Updated on: Aug 22 2022, 13:27 IST
Know what Google has said in response to the US Supreme Court ruling on abortion. (AP)
Know what Google has said in response to the US Supreme Court ruling on abortion. (AP)

Recently, the US Supreme Court has effectively overturned the right to a legal abortion established by the Roe v. Wade case in 1973. This decision has sparked outrage among women in the United States. Now, as per the latest information, Google has stepped into the abortion controversy. According to a report by The Verge, Google's chief people officer Fiona Cicconi sent a staff-wide email to employees informing them of Google's response to the ruling.

The Google letter highlights that Googlers can “apply for relocation without justification” and that people in charge of the relocation process “will be aware of the situation” in assessing their requests, The Verge said in its report. It can be known that the Supreme Court has left the decision of restricting abortion to individual state governments. Read full Google letter to employees:

"Hi everyone,

This morning the US Supreme Court issued a ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization that rolls back Roe v. Wade. This is a profound change for the country that deeply affects so many of us, especially women. Everyone will respond in their own way, whether that's wanting space and time to process, speaking up, volunteering outside of work, not wanting to discuss it at all, or something else entirely. Please be mindful of what your co-workers may be feeling and, as always, treat each other with respect.

Equity is extraordinarily important to us as a company, and we share concerns about the impact this ruling will have on people's health, lives, and careers. We will keep working to make information on reproductive healthcare accessible across our products and continue our work to protect user privacy.

To support Googlers and their dependents, our US benefits plan and health insurance covers out-of-state medical procedures that are not available where an employee lives and works. Googlers can also apply for relocation without justification, and those overseeing this process will be aware of the situation. If you need additional support, please connect 1:1 with a People Consultant via [link to internal tool redacted].

We will be arranging support sessions for Googlers in the US in the coming days. These will be posted to Googler News.

Please don't hesitate to lean on your Google community in the days ahead and continue to take good care of yourselves and each other."

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First Published Date: 27 Jun, 19:05 IST