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Disney Plans to Pay for Employees’ Abortion-related Travel Costs

In its ongoing conflict with Republican-dominated Florida over the company’s objection to the “Don’t Say Gay” law, The Walt Disney Co. informed workers that it will reimburse travel fees linked to out-of-state Abortion. Disney has previously refrained from intervening when Politico reported on the leaked text of the Supreme Court judgment that will invalidate Roe v. Wade, the 1973 law that made Abortion legal in all 50 states.

The business distributed an internal message to staff members hours after the Supreme Court ruling promising financial support to people who are compelled to travel outside the state to receive reproductive care. Disney executives stated in a memo, which was reported by CNBC, “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.”

This travel benefit “covers medical conditions linked to cancer treatments, transplants, rare illness treatment, and family planning (including decisions connected to pregnancy).” Disney joins other Hollywood companies in providing employees with the out-of-state perk. According to The Hollywood Reporter, employees at Netflix, Comcast, Paramount, WME, CAA, and UTA have all been informed that their travel expenses will be reimbursed if they must go a great distance for an Abortion.

According to Netflix, it provides its employees with a $ 10,000-lifetime allowance for travel reimbursement for medical procedures including Abortion, gender-affirming surgery, and cancer treatment. However, the business then changed its position and said it opposed the “Don’t Say Gay” measure, which Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis later signed into law. Disney’s position in the public infuriated Florida’s Republican state politicians, who responded by adopting laws that revoked the company’s autonomy over its amusement parks in and around Orlando.

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