As Woke Corporations Offer Free Abortion, This Company is Doing the Opposite
The June 24 thunderbolt of the Dobbs Supreme Court decision that explicitly overturned Roe v. Wade has sent dozens of corporations scrambling to broadcast their pro-abortion stance to the world by announcing they will cover the cost of an abortion for their employees, with some even offering to pay for travel expenses to an abortion-friendly state.
But one company has recently decided to flip the script by offering to cover birth and adoption-related medical costs for their employees instead.
As The Washington Stand has reported, at least 56 companies have announced their intention to offer abortion stipends and travel reimbursement, even with the mounting legal and privacy complications that this will likely entail.
But Buffer Insurance has taken an opposite stance. On June 27, the company announced on Facebook and Instagram that it will “pay the medical costs for our employees who birth babies” as well as “provide paid time off … to have maternity & paternity leave” and “pay for the medical costs associated with adopting a baby.”
The insurance company went on to announce that other companies are welcome to contact them to learn more about how they can offer similar benefits to their employees. “We have ready-to-use policies you can add to your employee handbooks,” Buffer stated in a Facebook post.
The Southlake, Texas-based business is not shy about hiding their values. Buffer’s website lists “Faith, Vision, Purpose” as core tenets of their company principles along with “Authenticity, “Transparency,” “Integrity,” “Educate not sell,” and “Families and Futures,” among others. The website goes on to note that Buffer “is a veteran-led and veteran-owned business … made possible through the values and leadership instilled in Sean [Turner] during his time serving as an infantryman and squad leader in the US Army.”
While most companies have been bending over backwards to signal their liberal credentials for at least the last decade since the advent of Pride month, the phenomenon of companies publicly stating a position on abortion is a recent one. This is likely due to how deeply divided Americans are on the issue. A recent poll found that a substantial plurality — 44% — would “prefer to leave abortion law up to the states,” which is what the Dobbs decision confirmed.
With companies like Buffer proudly asserting pro-life benefits, the tide may be turning toward more corporations being unashamed to tout a pro-family ethic.
Mary Szoch, director of the Center for Human Dignity at Family Research Council, welcomed the news. “Buffer Insurance’s announcement that they will cover medical expenses for birthing, maternity and paternity leave, and adoption for all of their employees reveals that the company values women in their entirety — including their capacity to be mothers,” she told The Washington Stand. “Buffer Insurance clearly recognizes that women bring something unique to the table — that because of their innate ability to collaborate with the Creator in bringing life into the world, the contributions of women are distinct from those of men.”
“Instead of working to suppress this magnificent gift and demand that women surrender their fertility in order to have a successful career, Buffer Insurance has embraced women in their totality. Other companies would do well to follow their lead. And pro-family organizations looking for insurance company they can trust, would do well to choose Buffer Insurance,” she concluded.
At press time, Buffer Insurance was unavailable for comment.
Dan Hart is senior editor at The Washington Stand.