Hundreds of Google employees petition company to expand abortion services

Hundreds of Google employees petition company to expand abortion services

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Google employees are urging the tech giant to offer abortion benefits to contractors, stop anti-abortion donations and expand travel benefits.

Over 650 employees at Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company, signed a petition circulated by the Alphabet Workers Union.

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The Google logo on a pane of glass casts a shadow on the carpet in the Koelnmesse press center. (Rolf Vennenbernd/Picture Alliance via Getty Images/Getty Images)

The petition calls on Google and Alphabet Inc. to stop using “gender-specific” language when providing abortion resources and to acknowledge that the repeal of Roe vs. Wade affects “all genders.”

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A lettering with the Google logo is stuck on a pane of glass in the press center. (Rolf Vennenbernd/Picture Alliance via Getty Images/Getty Images)

The Alphabet Workers Union also called for Google employees to be “protected” from corporate influence.

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

Following the June decision, Google wrote a letter to employees saying their benefits package allowed employees to travel abroad for abortions that may not be available to them and that they could request a permanent move “without justification.”

But union leaders say contractors and temporary workers who aren’t given the same benefits are crucially left out.

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A lettering with the Google logo is stuck to a pane of glass in the Koelnmesse press center. (Rolf Vennenbernd/Picture Alliance via Getty Images/Getty Images)

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The petitioners also demand that Google protect users from “using their data against them and cracking down on disinformation and misleading information,” including removing fake results for abortion clinics and improving health-related privacy controls.

Google has said it will continue to crack down on police requests for user information it believes are excessive.

In July, Google promised to soon delete location for users after visiting sensitive places like abortion clinics.

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The Alphabet Workers Union said Alphabet Inc. and Google should treat reproductive rights protections as an existential struggle, as COVID-19 has done, and convene a task force to oversee the changes.