Businesses across the U.S. are placing additional financial pressure on women to abort their unborn babies by cutting back on maternity leave and creating new abortion travel benefits.
A new survey from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) revealed details about the disturbing new trend. According to The Wall Street Journal, the survey found that the number of companies offering paid maternity leave beyond legal requirements dropped 18 percent since 2020. It also found a 17-percent drop in paid paternity leave.
Fewer employers are offering paid adoption and foster care leave, too. According to SHRM, which surveyed 3,000 businesses, companies offering paid adoption leave dropped to 28 percent (from 36 percent) and those offering paid foster child leave dropped to 22 percent (from 28 percent).
One of the companies that cut paid family leave is Hulu. A Disney-owned company, Hulu decreased paid parental leave by more than 50 percent; now, employees may take only eight weeks of paid leave, instead of 20, according to the report.
Already the changes have employees feeling more financial pressure about having children.
Here’s more from the WSJ:
Devon Richey, a Texas-based viewer-experience agent with Hulu, the streaming service owned by Walt Disney Co., said parental leave has been on his mind as he and his wife weigh the costs of having a child. …
With less paid paternity leave offered now, Mr. Richey said the couple would need to begin paying for full-time child care sooner.
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“If my job is cutting back on my parental leave, how am I going to afford child care if I don’t get paid more?” he said.
Meanwhile, Disney recently added a new benefit for employees to abort their unborn babies. In June, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade, Disney said it will pay employees’ travel expenses to have their unborn babies aborted.
Dozens of other major companies, including Warner Brothers, Netflix, Google, Apple, Microsoft, Yelp, Target, Kroger, Citigroup Bank, Amazon, JP Morgan Chase and Tesla, are doing the same.
At least two companies, Lyft and Dick’s Sporting Goods, are facing civil rights complaints for allegedly discriminating against pregnant employees by offering to pay their abortion travel expenses but not providing equivalent benefits for mothers who choose life for their babies.
Responding to the survey, Right To Life UK spokesperson Catherine Robinson slammed the companies’ actions as gross and anti-family.
“Disney is now actively creating incentives for its employees at Hulu to have abortions rather than pursue parenthood,” Robinson said. “Not only is it paying for travel to procure an abortion, it is also slashing benefits for parents. This is a gross form of utilitarian calculation where it appears that it is seen as cheaper to encourage an employee to have an abortion rather than provide benefits to assist with childrearing.”
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