Bambi Okugawa is a data center technician in one of Google’s data centers in a U.S. state with one of the strictest abortion bans in the nation: Tennessee. The state will ban abortions as early as six weeks, with no exceptions for rape or incest, on Aug. 25 due to a “trigger law.”
If needed, Okugawa, could get an out-of-state abortion and could even request a permanent transfer to a different company office due to the health benefits she gets as a full-time Google employee. However, her colleagues — many of whom are contractors — don’t get those same options.
“Some of my TVC co-workers are scared,” Okugawa told CNBC, referring to a Google term that stands for temps, vendors and contractors. “Some told me they have been seeking sterilization options because they know there won’t be access to abortions in the state.”
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