Match Group and AT&T have donated to anti-abortion politics, both to fund abortion rides

Dallas-based Match Group, which operates dating apps such as Tinder and Hinge, told employees it would suspend donations to the Republican Attorneys General Association, which supported overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

The announcement comes after Match unveiled a fund in October for Texas employees who need safe access to abortion care through a partnership with Planned Parenthood in Los Angeles. The company is evaluating ways to extend the policy to all of its U.S. employees, including remote workers in states with the law. Match’s health care plans cover travel and lodging expenses for any employee who must travel out of state to receive care.

The company will also end its support for the Democratic Attorneys General Association, according to New York Times. Match Group donated more than $100,000 to the association last year, along with more than $100,000 to the Democratic Attorneys General Association, New York Times reported. It is common for large corporations to give to groups affiliated with both political parties.

In 2021, Match’s OkCupid app, which uses multiple-choice questions to match members, introduced a pro-choice badge that users can add to their profiles to show their support for abortion access.

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The company also joined the Don’t Stop Equality movement, dedicated to ensuring that companies provide employees with access to comprehensive reproductive care, including abortion.

Shaunna Thomas, co-founder and executive director at UltraViolet, a leading gender justice organization that tracks corporate donations to anti-abortion politics, praised Match’s decision.

“Match Group’s announcement that it will freeze some political donations in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling that guts constitutional protections for abortion rights is an important step in corporate accountability,” Thomas said.

Match isn’t the only D-FW company that has historically donated to anti-abortion politicians.

Telecommunications giant AT&T’s political action committee has also contributed to anti-abortion Republican candidates. She also donates to Democrats.

According to OpenSecrets, TX Republican Reps. Jodey Arrington, Michael Burgess, Dan Crenshaw, Kay Granger, Michael McCaul, Patrick Fallon, Tony Gonzales, August Pfluger, Chip Roy and Pete Sessions have received donations during 2021-2022 from AT&T starting at $1,000 up to $5,000. Eight Democratic representatives received funding during the same time frame.

But AT&T has also pledged to fund rides for women.

Asked about the company’s policy after Roe was overturned, AT&T sent a statement Dallas Morning News: “The health of our employees and their families is important to our company, and we offer benefits that cover the cost of travel for medical procedures that are not available within 100 miles of their home,” AT&T spokesman Jim Greer said in the statement. sent by email.

When asked if those medical procedures included abortion, Greer wrote “it covers medical procedures.”

AT&T has used contributions from its high-dollar PAC to message members of Congress on other policy decisions. In 2021, the company suspended contributions to Republicans who voted against the certification of Electoral College votes.

The company is one of the biggest power players in Washington, and its PAC sent more than $2.7 million in contributions to lawmakers in the 2020 election cycle alone. That ranked it as the fourth most active PAC in the country, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2022, the PAC contributed over $1.3 million to political candidates.

Other corporations that have donated to politicians trying to reduce abortion access but still pledged to provide abortion travel benefits include Inc. and Walt Disney Co., according to Bloomberg.

In Texas, businesses that support women’s reproductive rights may be targeted by Republican lawmakers. Fourteen Republican members of the state House of Representatives have vowed to introduce bills in the upcoming legislative session that would prevent corporations from doing business in Texas if the firms pay for out-of-state abortions, according to the Texas Tribune.

Businesses are turning to their lawyers for advice on how to navigate employee benefits. Dallas attorney Rogge Dunn said corporations should be careful and abide by state laws.

“The bottom line is that companies should proceed slowly, thoughtfully and carefully before implementing this because of the chances of getting involved in a lawsuit,” Dunn said.

D-FW companies seek to expand abortion benefits after Roe v. Wade is overturned

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