The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a constitutional right to safe abortion has drawn extreme reactions from people, including Hollywood celebrities, criticizing SCOTUS after it struck down Roe v. Wade, thereby ending federal abortion rights protections. As soon as the news surfaced online, many large companies announced that they would reimburse travel expenses for employees seeking abortions.
Following the disastrous June 24 ruling, major companies such as Netflix, Paramount, Warner Bros, Amazon, Sony and Comcast revealed that they are helping their employees by covering travel costs if they undergo the aforementioned medical procedure.
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According to a report in Deadline, Disney assured its employees that the Supreme Court ruling would not change anything and that the organization “remains committed to providing full access to quality, affordable care,” which includes family planning. and reproductive care. On the other hand, Netflix revealed that the company is offering employees and dependents up to $10,000 in travel reimbursement for various medical procedures such as transplants, cancer treatment, affirmation care. gender or abortion as part of her plan.
Meanwhile, WB has already made it clear that its health care benefits will increase and will now cover employees who travel to other states for abortions.
Another organization that has announced that it will cover travel expenses for its employees is none other than Paramount. The production company appears to have sent a memo to its employees in which CEO Bob Bakish and human resources director Nancy Phillips said it would reimburse travel expenses for those traveling to other states for abortions. The memo read, “Reproductive health care through company-sponsored health insurance, including coverage for birth control, elective abortion care, miscarriage care, and certain related travel expenses if the covered health service, such as abortion, is prohibited in your area.
Big entertainment companies are already saying they will pay for workers in red states to travel for abortions. Some details here: pic.twitter.com/RjR8qnA0g9
— Matthew Belloni (@MattBelloni) June 24, 2022
According to Bloomberg correspondent Annmarie Hordern, other companies like Apple, Amazon, Cigna, Goldman, Gucci, Levi’s, Mastermind, Meta, Microsoft, Nike, PayPal, T-Mobile and Tesla will also cover travel costs for abortions or the exits. state health care.
Social media had a mixed reaction to this news. While many were happy to hear that these companies were doing better than the government, there were many who thought these companies should stop donating to the government if they care so much about people.
Companies pledging to cover travel costs for out-of-state abortions or health care:
— annmarie hordern (@annmarie) June 24, 2022
One user wrote, “These companies respect women’s bodies more than the government. Another user said: “Good for these companies and the women who work there. Hopefully other companies do the same. Better yet, the United States should enact better laws to protect women’s right to choose. Another social media user tweeted: “Great, we also need to make sure low SES people who don’t work for such companies have the same access to safe abortion.
That corporations respect women’s bodies more than the government
— Alex (@RealAlexJacobs) June 24, 2022
So much the better for these companies and the women who work there. Hopefully other companies do the same. Better yet, the United States should pass better laws to protect women’s right to choose.
— Pongolito (@SuzyQPongo) June 24, 2022
this is great, we also need to make sure low SES people who don’t work for such companies have the same access to safe abortion
— sarita ☽ (@lunasaritaaa) June 24, 2022
“It’s crazy that literal mega-corporations show more commitment to America’s ideals of freedom than the current Supreme Court,” wrote another. “Big corporations need to STOP ALL political donations immediately. Move all money to employee health,” another user said.
It’s crazy that literal mega-corporations show more commitment to America’s ideals of freedom than the current Supreme Court
— Jedi Hearts: KINGDOM HEARTS IV / Versus XIII (@Jedi_Hearts) June 24, 2022
Large corporations must STOP ALL political donations immediately. Move all the money to employee health.
— Phyllis Ann (@PhyllisAnn666) June 24, 2022
Meanwhile, there were many who thought companies were just doing this to show they cared, but that’s not the case. One of the users wrote: “Whatever your opinion on abortion, I find it ridiculous that suddenly these companies are paying thousands of dollars to cover this, but paying a few extra dollars per hour? Forget it.” Another social media user said, “Boycott companies that advocate killing unborn children! No values, no morals!
Whatever your opinion on abortion, I find it ridiculous that suddenly these companies are paying thousands of dollars to cover it, but paying a few dollars more per hour? Forget.
— Larry the waiter from Seattle (@millennialmouth) June 24, 2022
Boycott these companies advocating the murder of unborn children! No values, no morals!
— Russ B (@russman30) June 24, 2022
Amazon doesn’t let their employees pee, I highly doubt they’ll pay the travel expenses and procedure while they’re not working. They’ll probably pay for it and then fire the employee, because it’s easier now that she’s no longer pregnant. It’s all for show!
— Yold Gamer (@YoldGamer) June 24, 2022
“Amazon does not let its employees take a ***, I highly doubt they will pay for travel and procedure while they are not working. They will probably pay for it and then fire the employee, because it is easier now that she is ‘pregnant.’ It’s all for a show! says another user.
The Supreme Court’s final verdict overturned the 1973 ruling that guaranteed federal constitutional protections for the right to abortion.