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Two months after the US Supreme Court decides to reverse the vital Roe v Wade ruling that decriminalizes abortion, Walmart announced last Friday that it will widen its coverage of both travel and abortion. A Walmart internal memo announced the imposition of its healthcare program, which includes coverage for abortion “when there is a health risk to the mother, rape or incest, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, or lack of fetal viability.”
If they cannot find a clinic that performs legal abortions within 100 miles of their residence, Walmart’s labor force and the families of its employees are guaranteed travel expenses. Donna Morris, the chief people officer at Walmart, sent the email to the company’s workers.
Provided that Walmart, one of the biggest employers in the US with more than 1.6 million employees, the step is a huge benefit for pro-abortion citizens. Additionally, the company’s central corporate office is in Arkansas, a state that has started executing its strict abortion prohibition in response to the Supreme Court decision. Other market titans like Target and Apple announced the same expansion of benefits.
Walmart CEO Doug McMillon asserted last month that the company is working carefully and diligently to ascertain the “best path forward,” adding that it is extremely tricky for Walmart because the ruling was made by the US Supreme Court. McMillon didn’t specify the changes it should impose when he made the announcement.
Walmart will support abortion rights of its employees
In Walmart’s employee handbook, the health coverage of the company includes “procedures, services, drugs and supplies related to abortions or termination of pregnancy are not covered, except when the health of the mother would be in danger if the fetus were carried to term, the fetus could not survive the birthing process, or death would be imminent after birth.”
By doing this, Walmart have shown its dedication to the Roe v. Wade rights that were then assured by the case. The most recent memo, which was just recently published, updated their coverage of abortions, according to chief people officer Morris. She continued that they listened to they associates about what’s important to them and made the updates as a result.
“We strive to provide quality, competitive and accessible health coverage that supports you and your families,” the officer added in the memo.
The updates also include an increase in financial assistance for staff members going through adoption procedures, from $5,000 to $20,000. A center for fertility services at Walmart will also open, according to the announcement.
The state in which Walmart is currently located has a trigger policy, which went into effect as soon as the SC decision was made public months ago. A statement regarding the coverage expansion for their Arkansan counterparts has not yet been publicly disclosed by the company.
The SCs declaring Roe v. Wade unconstitutional
A little more than two months prior, the Supreme Court stunned the country by deciding to nullify the aspects of the precedent-setting Roe v. Wade decision that guaranteed the federal right to access abortion. The landmark decision that had made abortions legal in most US states since 1973 was declared unconstitutional by a vote of 5 to 4.
There are abortion ban trigger laws in other states. If the court upends the Roe v. Wade ruling, these laws will go into effect immediately. Arkansas, where Walmart has its headquarters, is one of them.
When Roe was finally overturned, Justice Samuel Alito, who wrote the majority opinion, said the following to the public: “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely — the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
“That provision has been held to guarantee some rights that are not mentioned in the Constitution, but any such right must be ‘deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition’ and ’implicit in the concept of ordered liberty. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives.”
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