Disney and other companies promise to cover their employees’ out-of-state abortions | CBC News

The Walt Disney Co., publishing giant Conde Nast and investment firm JPMorgan Chase were among major U.S. companies that pledged Friday to cover the travel costs of female employees seeking out-of-state abortions, in the wake of the decision. of the US Supreme Court annulment of Roe v. Wade.

The ruling removed the constitutional protection of abortion, leaving the matter to individual states, 13 of which were poised to immediately ban the procedure.

Florida, home to Walt Disney World, currently prohibits abortions after 15 weeks. Disney employee benefits will cover the costs of those who need to travel for medical care, including abortions, a company spokesman said Friday. The company, which recently sparred with state lawmakers over the controversial “Don’t Say Gay” bill, had previously declined to comment on a possible overturn.

Other major media companies — Sony, Paramount, Comcast, Warner Bros. Discovery and Netflix — have also said they will reimburse travel expenses for out-of-state abortions.

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airbnb, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Patagonia made similar promises. The hollow, in a sentenceIt noted that its employee benefits cover abortion and other family planning services, but did not specify travel expenses.

Senior executives from other companies — outgoing Meta COO Sheryl Sandberg, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, and Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman — condemned the ruling as a step backwards for women’s rights.

“Business leaders must step up to support the health and safety of their employees by speaking out against the wave of abortion bans that will be unleashed as a result of this decision, and call on Congress to codify Roe into law,” Stoppelman wrote in a statement.

Whitney Wolfe Herd, CEO of dating app Bumble, your company said will continue to support reproductive rights by donating to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. OkCupid encouraged people to contact their elected representatives, in a post on instagram.

Apple, Amazon, Tesla, Levi Strauss & Co., Lyft, Starbucks and Microsoft previously said they would also cover travel costs for employees seeking out-of-state medical care.

In September, Uber said it would cover the legal fees of drivers sued for dropping people off at abortion clinics. That same month, Salesforce offered to help Texas employees relocate, after that state, along with Mississippi, passed “heartbeat bills” that effectively banned abortions during early pregnancy.

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