Major corporations are reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court decision that reversed Roe v. Wade last week and sent the laws about abortion back to the states.
Alaska Airlines issued a memo to employees saying it will continue to reimburse employee travel expenses for some medical procedures if they are not available where employees live.
Alaska Airlines said, “Today’s Supreme Court decision does not change that.” Employees and their family members already fly for free on Alaska Airlines, so it’s unclear what the purpose of the statement is. The airline is best known for its woke policies, including pushing Black Lives Matter and transgender pronouns.
Dick’s Sporting Goods announced the company will give employees as much as $4,000 in abortion-related travel reimbursements if they live in a state that restricts access to the procedure. In 2020, Dick’s Sporting Goods stopped selling many types of guns, including pistols, at most of its stores, as the company gets out of the gun business due to gun-related violence. It now sells just certain long guns in limited locations and online. Its handguns are BB guns.
Disney, Netflix, Comcast, and JP Morgan also issued statements saying they will pay for abortion-related travel.
Disney said a “family planning” benefit will be granted to any worker who cannot access care where they live, to cover “pregnancy-related decisions.” Disney employs 195,000 people worldwide.
The memo from Disney said:
We recognize the impact that today’s Supreme Court ruling could have on many Americans and understand that some of you may have concerns about what that might mean for you and your families, as medical and family planning decisions are deeply personal.
Please know that 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. In fact, 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).
Lastly, we would like to remind you of the range of medical coverage options you have as an eligible employee of The Walt Disney Company, as well as the options for your covered dependents. As medical coverage needs are unique to each of us, we encourage you to contact your medical carrier should you have specific questions about your coverage. You can also learn more about the company’s benefit offerings at Benefits.Disney.com, consult the Contacts | Disney Benefits Portal (fidelity.com) or reach out to your HR representative.
Disney will continue to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of our team members and their families.