Google Workers Press for Expanded Abortion Protections

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Aug 19, 2022

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The workers have made threefold demands centering on the potential fallout from the infamous Roe v Wade overturn.

Petition for Tighter Protection

Hundreds of Google workers have called for it to adopt policies to protect and support both staff and users seeking abortion care.

More than 650 employees signed a petition asking for increased privacy protection for users searching for abortion information online. They asked that such searches "must never be saved, handed over to law enforcement, or treated as a crime."

They also demanded that the company expands its abortion health care benefits to include its contract workers.

In the petition, the workers insisted that the tech giant refrains from lobbying politicians “because these politicians were responsible for appointing the supreme court justices who overturned Roe v Wade and continue to infringe on other human rights issues.”

The employees are concerned that authorities will request data from the company to prosecute abortion seekers.

The letter addressed Google’s executives, including CEO Sundar Pichai, Head of Human Resources Fiona Cicconi, and VP of Ads Herry Dischler. The Alphabet Workers Union (AWU), comprising about 1000 company workers, circulated it. 

The Supreme Court overturned the landmark decision in June. Since then, several major companies, such as Google and Apple, have taken steps to protect their employees from potential consequences. Several states have passed anti-abortion regulations to allow prosecution of abortion seekers and their assisters.

Google parent company Alphabet promised to pay travel expenses for those seeking out-of-state abortions. Currently, those benefits don’t cover contract workers.

Google receives thousands of subpoenas every year from law enforcement to provide user information it collects.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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