Bumble Inc. statement on the SCOTUS decision in Idaho v. United States and Moyle v. United States

Bumble Statement on EMTALA

On June 27th, 2024, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a case that threatened to undermine the protections provided by the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), including for pregnant people who may need emergency abortion care. 

Providing care to patients in an emergency room has been enshrined in law for Americans for generations. EMTALA is a nearly 40-year-old federal law guaranteeing stabilizing medical care for those with emergency medical conditions, nationwide – including emergency abortion care. While the decision in Moyle is not a clear victory, it does offer a temporary sigh of relief for people in Idaho. Still, in states with abortion bans or restrictions in place, as Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote, “pregnant people experiencing emergency medical conditions remain in a precarious position.”

Bumble Inc. was proud to stand alongside Levi’s, Match Group, Lyft, Yelp, the Women’s Chamber’s Chamber of Commerce and others to submit an amicus brief in Moyle arguing that reproductive healthcare restrictions are bad for the economy and bad for business. While this brief provided a perspective from businesses, the reality is an overwhelming majority (86%) of people support protecting access to abortion related emergencies.

For years, Bumble has continually shown its support for protecting and advancing access to reproductive health care. Bumble was the first business to sign on to an amicus brief in Zurawski v. State of Texas. Our founder, Whitney Wolfe Herd, openly pressed companies to speak out on abortion access and has been vocal about the devastating consequences of limiting access to abortion. Bumble is also a proud member of Don’t Ban Equality, a coalition of over 1,000 U.S. companies making the case that restrictive public policies on reproductive health care negatively affect business. Bumble Inc. offers our employees and their partners a $10,000 USD lifetime benefit (subject to local laws but available worldwide) to support various aspects of their reproductive journey, including abortion care, related travel expenses, fertility treatments, egg freezing, adoption, surrogacy, and more.

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it as many times as it takes – abortion is healthcare, and healthcare is a human right. 

At Bumble, we believe in the right to choose, and to exercise control over our bodies. The safety, privacy, and freedom of family planning are critical to equality for all — and that includes equitable access to abortion care. When your ability to choose if, when, and how to have children is taken away, so is your bodily autonomy. This could not be more true than when pregnant people face medical emergencies. 

We will continue to speak out—and speak loudly—against the retrogression of women’s rights. 

Here are a few actions you can take to help defend the reproductive rights of Americans: 

  • Like, follow, and share the work of the National Women’s Law Center (NWLC)@nationalwomenslawcenter on Instagram – the organization that worked tirelessly to campaign against this decision  
  • Engage in conversations with your community (family, friends, co-workers, followers, neighbors, and anyone you think needs to hear it) about the core issues that matter to you in this case. Attend events and support organizers who are fighting this piece of legislation and others like it
  • Organize voter registration efforts, encourage your community members to vote for their values, and support candidates that support human rights. This includes checking whether you are registered to vote
  • Contact your state and federal legislators and ask them to pass policies that protect the fundamental rights of human beings