Mastercard to cover employee travel, lodging for out-of-state abortions

(Reuters) – Mastercard Inc (NYSE:) on Wednesday said it will fund travel and lodging for employees seeking abortions outside their home states from June, according to an internal memo seen .

Companies including Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:), Inc (NASDAQ:) and Tesla (NASDAQ:) have rushed to the aid of their U.S. employees as several states tighten abortion restrictions.

The country’s top court is also set to overturn a 1973 ruling which legalized abortion nationwide, according to a leaked initial draft majority opinion by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Three of the six major U.S. banks have already taken initial steps towards the effort. Citigroup Inc (NYSE:) began covering travel expenses for employees who go out of state for abortions in March, the first major bank to do so.

Peers JPMorgan Chase & Co (NYSE:) and Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:) are also reviewing its policies that cover abortion benefits for employees.

Besides expenses related to pregnancy terminations, Mastercard will also cover surrogacies, adoption services, vasectomies and access to contraception, the memo said.