In the United States, Gucci will help its employees to have abortions as they see fit

WOMEN’S RIGHTS – A strong and symbolic gesture. Faced with the threat of the withdrawal of the right to abortion in the United States, Gucci has decided to take a necessary measure: the Italian house will financially help all its American employees who wish to have an abortion to do so in peace.

This Tuesday, May 9, the label recalled its commitment to the fight for gender equality, a commitment promoted as part of its Chime for Change campaign, launched in 2013 on an international scale. “As we face a critical moment in history today, the brand remains steadfast in its belief that access to reproductive health care is a fundamental right,” a statement read.

The message is clear: “the company will now reimburse travel expenses for all female employees who need to access healthcare that is unavailable in their home state”.

At the beginning of May, the site Politico unveiled an unpublished 98-page draft of a Supreme Court decision, revisiting the historic judgment of Roe v. Wade, 1973 in which she recognized the right to abortion.

If this conclusion is well accepted, it would return to the situation before 1973 when each State was free to prohibit or authorize abortions. Given the significant geographical and political divisions on the subject, half of the States, especially in the South and the conservative and religious center, should quickly banish the procedure on their soil.

“My body, my choice”

Faced with this panic, other companies, before Gucci, took similar measures. This is the case, in fashion, of Levi’s and other lesser-known labels in France, such as Billie, Mother Denim and Mejuri jewelry. The same goes for the giants Amazon, Uber and Apple.

The decision of the Italian luxury brand is also part of long-standing commitments. In addition to the Chime for Change campaign, which works to support organizations aiming to provide access to sexual and reproductive health for the poor, Gucci had already, in 2019, distinguished itself with a show defending the right to abortion. “Women should be respected. They must feel free to choose what they want”, declared its current artistic director, Alessandro Michele.

On the catwalk, a hundred silhouettes paraded in dresses on which wombs were embroidered or with jackets flocked with the feminist slogan “My Body My Choice” (in French, “My body, my choice). A model, she wore on her T-shirt the date of May 22, 1978, a reference to the day when Italy officially legalized abortion.

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