A message from Walter Driver & Javier Ferreira, our Co-CEOs:
Today, the United States Supreme Court overturned “Roe v. Wade,” which was a court ruling in 1973 that decided that the U.S. Constitution protected a woman’s liberty to choose to have an abortion. This decision ends that constitutional right, and leaves the regulation of reproductive rights to the states. It is estimated that approximately half of the states in the U.S. will enact laws banning abortions immediately or in the near future. While Scopely does not formally operate in any state where bans are expected to take place, we have an increasing number of remote employees based in some of these states–so in turn, this decision could immediately and directly impact our Scopeleans. We also know that this decision may emotionally and mentally affect and impact Scopeleans around the globe, no matter their location.
We take responsibility in protecting the health and well-being of our Scopeleans, and believe that reproductive rights are human rights.
We have entered a moment of profound uncertainty across the country, and our team is actively working with our healthcare providers to ensure access to quality, affordable healthcare no matter where a Scopelean lives.
While we understand opinions differ on this issue, Scopely supports employees in making their own decisions on their health, including reproductive health, and will provide up to $10,000 in travel expense reimbursement to travel to the nearest location to exercise reproductive rights. This benefit will be provided to any employee or dependent enrolled in our medical plan, plus a support partner to travel with. We’re also working to implement a third-party platform to ensure employee privacy. Beyond added benefit offerings, we are also taking actions such as curating resources on what this means for individuals, and our DEI&B Councils and Employee Resource Groups are sharing ideas on added ways to support both our Scopeleans. and Americans around the nation.
Beyond our Scopeleans, we know this decision will have a disproportionate impact on people of color, people with disabilities, people in rural areas, lower-income households and generally, women/families with fewer resources who can not easily travel to access care throughout the nation. We also know that many individuals around the globe also do not have fundamental reproductive rights. To help support these communities, Scopely is making a meaningful contribution to the Center for Reproductive Rights and Planned Parenthood. We have chosen these two organizations due to the breadth of their mandates, with the Center for Reproductive Rights focused on the global advancement of rights through law and policy, and Planned Parenthood focused on access to care and resources. (contribution added July 7)
As always, when an important and impactful event takes place such as today’s decision, we encourage our Scopeleans to take time away from work to address any concerns and anxieties, to speak with a trusted source within Scopely, and/or tap into one of our many mental health resources for support.
Walter & Javier