Wednesday, August 24, 2022
As Emma Goldberg reports in The New York Times, our nation's #1 employer is offering abortion coverage, including travel expenses in its healthcare package for employees. The travel coverage is necessary because Walmart's home state, Arkansas, has adopted a strict abortion law that does not include exceptions for rape of incest.
According to a memo from Walmarts "chief people officer" [?], the policy covers abortions related to “health risk to the mother, rape or incest, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage or lack of fetal viability." Travel funds are available if the nearest abortion provider is not within 100 miles of the employee's home.
When the Supreme Court overturned Roe and Casey in the Dobbs opinion, the Justices said that they were simply returning the issue to the states. Perhaps they should have said that they are returning the issue to the states and the major corporations within those states. Lately, such corporate measures are met with legislative countermeasures. Does the Arkansas legislature want to take on Walmart the way Florida took on Disney? Stay tuned.