Disney will cover travel costs for employees seeking reproductive care

A screen displays the logo and a ticker symbol for The Walt Disney Company on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

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June 24 (Reuters) – The Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) said on Friday it would cover travel costs for employees seeking family planning or reproductive care services following the Supreme Court’s ruling of the United States reversing the Roe v. Wade decision which protected a woman’s right to Abortion. Read more

The company told employees it recognizes the decision’s impact on abortion, but remains committed to providing full access to quality health care, including family planning and reproductive care. , according to a Disney spokesperson.

Company benefits will cover the cost of employees who must travel to another location to access care, including to obtain an abortion, he said.

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Disney employs about 80,000 people at the Walt Disney World resort in Florida, where Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill banning abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation.

Florida’s law, which is set to go into effect July 1, is modeled after Mississippi’s 15-week ban that was central to the Supreme Court’s decision.

The company’s stance could again put it at odds with DeSantis, who stripped Disney of self-government status for Disney World in apparent retaliation for his opposition to Florida’s parental rights in education bill. , which opponents have called “Don’t Say Gay” legislation. .

While major companies such as Amazon.com, (AMZN.O) Citigroup (CN), Levi Strauss & Co (LEVI.N) have publicly pledged to pay for employee travel to obtain abortions, after Politico released the court’s draft opinion, Disney had declined to weigh in.

The largest U.S. bank, JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N), has also joined the growing list of major companies that will cover the expenses of U.S.-based employees who must travel to obtain legal abortions. Read more

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Reporting by Dawn Chmielewski; Editing by Mark Porter and Bill Berkrot

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