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JP Morgan, Disney to cover employees’ abortion travel costs : NPR


A slew of companies will cover travel expenses for employees that have to travel out of their state for an abortion after the Supreme Court overturned federal protections for the procedure.

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A slew of companies will cover travel expenses for employees that have to travel out of their state for an abortion after the Supreme Court overturned federal protections for the procedure.

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JPMorgan Chasethe largest bank in America, has joined a host of companies that have said they will cover the cost for employees who need to travel out of state for abortions.

The US Supreme Court on Friday officially reversed Roe v. wadedeclaring that the constitutional right to abortion upheld for nearly a half century, no longer exists.

Without federal protection, states are now responsible for codifying their own laws surrounding abortion. Some have already passed laws banning nearly all abortions.

JP Morgan told employees in a memo that if they live in states where abortion is outlawed, the company will cover the cost of travel to a state where it’s legal, beginning in July.

The decision triggered a raft of statements and internal memos to employees at several companies beyond JPMorgan. They include:

  • disney
  • Paramount
  • netflix
  • Conde Nast
  • Meta
  • Warner Bros.
  • Comcast
  • sony
  • intuitive
  • BuzzFeed
  • Duolingo
  • Dick’s Sporting Goods
  • Patagonia
  • Box
  • Johnson & Johnson

These companies join a previous wave of corporations that had made similar announcements after a Supreme Court opinion leaked in early May suggesting this outcome.

Those companies include:

  • Amazon
  • Zillow
  • Levi Strauss
  • Apple
  • Lyft
  • Uber
  • Airbnb
  • DoorDash
  • Yelp
  • Citigroup
  • You’re here
  • Microsoft
  • Starbucks
  • MasterCard
  • Reddit
  • PayPal

“Access to reproductive health care, including abortion, has been a critical factor to the workplace gains and contributions women have made over the past 50 years,” a May 4 statement from Levi’s said.

Media company Condé Nast said it will pay for travel and lodging costs if employees need to travel out of their state for an abortion, according to an internal memo from CEO Roger Lynch to employees of the publisher of Vogue, New Yorker and Vanity Fair, among others.

“It is a crushing blow to reproductive rights that have been protected for nearly half a century,” Lynch said in the memo obtained by NPR.

Condé Nast said the company has made enhancements to its US health benefits to help employees and their dependents get access to reproductive care regardless of where they reside.

Lynch went further in his email to urge his employees to use their journalism to respond in this moment.

“The most powerful way for us to respond to what’s happening right now is through our brands and the distinctive editorial lenses with which they’re covering today’s news and the effect it will have on society,” he said. “Our values ​​are clear in the content and journalism we produce.”

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