As many U.S. companies have moved to pay for abortions and any related travel costs through employees' insurance plans following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs ruling last year, one company has made the countercultural move of offering a bonus for having a baby or a adopting a child.
PublicSq., an online marketplace that calls itself pro-life, pro-family, pro-freedom," is doing something to counteract the abortion culture.
"We are a network of patriotic small businesses that allows you to find high-quality alternatives to woke corporations,” CEO Michael Seifert announced on Twitter. “We also just implemented a policy where we will pay our employees a $5,000 bonus when they have a baby or adopt. While some companies in America pay their employees to kill their unborn children, we pay ours to have as many babies as possible.”
My name is Michael Seifert and I'm the CEO of @officialpsq.— Michael Seifert (@realmichaelseif) June 14, 2023
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Since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, a number of prominent companies have bragged that they will now cover out of state travel to obtain an abortion.
Amazon announced it would cover $4,000 in abortions if procedures are not available within 100 miles of where the employee lives. Bumble, Uber, Lyft, Alaska Airlines, Starbucks, JPMorgan Chase, PayPal, Netflix, Condé Nast, Dick's Sporting Goods, Starbucks, Yelp, and others have followed suit in recent months also announcing similar policies.
Seifert told Fox & Friends Weekend the baby bonus is intended to counter this business push so plainly hostile to the family.
"We did see the world going in this direction that we believe is really anti-family,” he said. “We think that ultimately a company is only as strong as the families that built it, and then for us, we're a pro-family company. We're unashamed about that. And we're actually the largest marketplace in the country of pro-family businesses."
He further suggested that this jump to underwrite abortion is more about the companies’ bottom line than anything else.
"That's the sad reality of this, is that these companies will pretend to care about, 'women's health care.' But at the end of the day, they just don't want to pay maternity leave," he said.
"They're more afraid of losing the monetary value that their employees provide,” said Seifert. “So they would rather choose that than they would to empower the growth of these families."
Seifert called this “destructive.”
“I actually want more of our employees, family members, because I think they’re great people, and we want their communities to thrive,” he said. “And we believe that ultimately strong families build a strong nation, and I wish more companies felt the same way.”
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Seifert told FOX Business there was clearly a very large, unaddressed market in the U.S. that feels as though they're not being talked to in the current climate of “woke or progressive corporatism.”
“In fact,” he said, “in many cases, they're being actively ignored or antagonized."
Seifter said that his employees are already responding to the offer.
“Just in the last month, we’ve had three pregnancies announced,” he said. “So it’s happening. People are excited about it.”
PublicSq. is growing rapidly as more consumers reject companies that undermine their values. The company went public on July 20, “soaring on their first day of trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).”
The company reported at the time that it had more than 55,000 businesses and 1.1 million consumer members. These have grown substantially since.
According to Investopedia, "PublicSq founder, chair, and CEO Michael Seifert rang the opening bell at the NYSE to chants of “U.S.A.” from the floor."