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Walmart announced to its employees on Friday that it is expanding its health benefits for abortion insurance.
The company is expanding its self-insured health plans to include abortion “when there is a health risk to the mother, rape or incest, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, or lack of viability of the fetus,” according to a memo by Chief People Officer Donna Morris to U.S. employees.
FOX Business received the memo.
The expanded abortion coverage will take effect immediately, Morris said in the memo.
People shop at a Walmart store in the southern San Francisco Bay Area, January 9, 2020. (iStock / iStock)
According to the memo, the plan also provides “travel assistance” for employees and dependents insured under the company’s plan to access services if they are not available within 100 miles of their home.
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The Arkansas-based company is the latest company to offer abortion services to employees after the Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade in his June decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. After Roe was overthrown, several states went into effect with what are known as “trigger laws,” banning most abortions.
A shopping cart in front of a Walmart store in Torrance, Calif., May 15, 2022. (Bing Guan/Bloomberg via Getty Images/Getty Images)
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Other companies including Amazon, Facebook parent company Meta Platforms and Disney have said they will cover employee travel expenses related to abortion.
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“More information about these benefits, as well as additional benefit changes we have planned as part of annual enrollment, will be shared in the coming weeks,” the memo to Walmart employees read.