Study finds many black employees would avoid working in a state that restricts IVF.

Nearly a third of Black workers would refuse to work in a state that outlaws IVF.

March 31st 2024.

Study finds many black employees would avoid working in a state that restricts IVF.
The topic of reproductive health care and debates over abortion rights have been making headlines lately. In fact, a recent survey conducted by, exclusively for BLACK ENTERPRISE, found that 29% of Black employees would be hesitant to work in a state that passes laws prohibiting in vitro fertilization (IVF). Additionally, 16% of workers would be unlikely to accept a job offer in a state with restrictive abortion policies.

For those unfamiliar, IVF is the process of fertilization where an egg is combined with sperm in a laboratory setting. The results of this survey were gathered from 1,250 employed individuals across the United States, in order to understand how public policies on reproductive care impact their willingness to work in specific states.

Interestingly, the survey also found that 12% of Black pro-choice workers living in states with the most restrictive abortion laws are considering leaving. Furthermore, 18% stated that they would be inclined to seek employment elsewhere if such legislation were to be passed. Overall, 50% of respondents do not support laws that ban IVF, with women being twice as likely as men to hold this viewpoint.

Stacie Haller, Chief Career Advisor at Resume Builder, shared in a news release that public policies surrounding women's health care are influencing where Americans choose to live and work. She also noted that the survey, which included participants from various industries, highlights the growing trend of individuals considering their employment options based on their personal healthcare preferences.

Haller stated, "In response to this changing landscape, some companies are adapting by expanding their benefits packages. This may include offering higher salaries or providing compensation for travel expenses incurred when seeking health care services out of state."

The survey also revealed that a significant number of employees living in states with highly restrictive abortion policies are extremely likely, very likely, or somewhat likely to leave the state if they do not agree with the policies. Women were found to be more likely than men to take such action.

However, the survey also showed that 75% of these individuals could be convinced to reconsider if they were offered higher pay, improved benefits, and other incentives. This serves as a reminder that while reproductive health care is a top priority for many Black women, there are other factors that can influence their decision-making when it comes to employment opportunities.

In conclusion, it is clear that reproductive health care policies are a crucial factor for many individuals when considering where to live and work. Employers must be aware of these concerns and adapt their benefits packages accordingly in order to attract and retain top talent.

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