Some woke companies have vowed to cover their employees’ costs of abortion-related travel after the Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade on Friday.
And the first company to announce which we all expected even before the Roe was overturned is woke, Disney.
Walt Disney Company sent a memo to employees saying they would pay for the travel costs of employees seeking abortions.
In a memo obtained by CNBC, executives from entertainment conglomerate Disney said:
“Our company remains committed to removing barriers and providing comprehensive access to quality and affordable care for all of our employees, cast members and their families, including family planning and reproductive care, no matter where they live.”
Florida Republican Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed legislation banning abortions after 15 weeks gestation wherein Disney employs 75,000 people in Florida.
The executives continued:
“We have processes in place so that an employee who may be unable to access care in one location has affordable coverage for receiving similar levels of care in another location. This travel benefit covers medical situations related to cancer treatments, transplants, rare disease treatment and family planning (including pregnancy-related decisions).”
JPMorgan Chase also circulated an internal memo to employees after the landmark decision dropped that said it would pay for employees to travel out of state should they live in a state where abortion is now prohibited. The policy is set to go into effect next month.
Here’s what the financial giant said in the memo:
“Effective in July, you will be able to access additional covered benefits under the U.S. Medical Plan,” the bank said, which includes “family-building benefits, such as cryopreservation.” It also said it would provide enhanced benefits for LGBT employees.
“We will also expand our existing health care travel benefit, which today covers certain services such as organ transplants, to all covered health care services that can only be obtained far from your home.”
On the same day Roe was overturned, DICK’S Sporting Goods CEO Lauren Hobart said that the company is “prepared to ensure that all of our teammates have consistent and safe access to the benefits we provide, regardless of the state in which they live.”
“In response to today’s ruling, we are announcing that if a state one of our teammates lives in restricts access to abortion, DICK’S Sporting Goods will provide up to $4,000 in travel expense reimbursement to travel to the nearest location where that care is legally available. This benefit will be provided to any teammate, spouse or dependent enrolled in our medical plan, along with one support person.”
In a memo obtained by Business Insider, Investment bank Goldman Sachs said that it would extend healthcare travel reimbursement policies “to include all medical procedures, treatments and evaluations, including abortion services and gender-affirming care where a provider is not available in proximity to where our people live.”
Several more companies followed suit, The Daily Wire reported:
Clothing manufacturer Levi Strauss said in early May that “business leaders need to make their voices heard and act to protect the health and well-being of our employees.”
“Under our current benefits plan, Levi Strauss & Co. employees are eligible for reimbursement for healthcare-related travel expenses for services not available in their home state, including those related to reproductive health care and abortion,” the company said in a press release.
After Roe was overturned, Levi Strauss again affirmed that it would oppose “any steps to restrict access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion” in the name of “gender and racial equity.”
A report released in May by electric carmaker Tesla showed that the company added “travel and lodging support for those who may need to seek healthcare services that are unavailable in their home state” to its safety net and health insurance offerings last year. Tesla recently moved its headquarters to Texas, and Attorney General Ken Paxton (R-TX) announced on Friday that “abortion is now illegal” in the Lone Star State.
Likewise, e-commerce giant Amazon said that it would provide as much as $4,000 in travel expenses for employees who want to go out of state to get an abortion.