Earlier this week we saw how Apple is going to launch Apple Pay mobile payments service, which is going to allow users to pay in stores and online with their smartphones alone. Today, we’re going to take a look at another Apple news: it appears that Facebook and Apple will freeze their female employees’ eggs, if they want to.
Facebook and Apple Will Freeze Their Female Employees’ Eggs
Egg freezing is now for the first time ever being offered as a work benefit. Facebook and Apple will freeze their female employees’ eggs if they choose to undergo such a procedure. At first glance, it’s mighty nice of these companies to offer this. The procedure is a very expensive and can cost up to $10,000, while the egg storage and cost around $500 per year.
Facebook is ahead of Apple and has already started to offer up to $20,000 in coverage for one egg freezing procedure to all their female employees. Apple will start offering this benefit starting with January 2015.
An Apple spokesperson released a statement via mail:
We continue to expand our benefits for women, with a new extended maternity leave policy, along with cryopreservation and egg storage as part of our extensive support for infertility treatments. We also offer an Adoption Assistance program, where Apple reimburses eligible expenses associated with the legal adoption of a child. We want to empower women at Apple to do the best work of their lives as they care for loved ones and raise their families.
But is it mighty nice of these companies to offer to pay for the freezing of their female employees’ eggs? Does it discourage women from having babies and if it does it that a bad thing? Or does it simply make women to put their careers ahead of family.
Please share your thoughts on this matter. We would love to hear from you.