Disney will cover travel costs for employee abortions – San Bernardino Sun
Walt Disney World employees seeking abortions will be able to travel out of state for the procedure at company expense once a Florida law inspired by an abortion ban at the center of the decision to the Supreme Court will take effect in July.
Disney announced Friday, June 24 that the company will cover travel expenses for employees seeking abortions following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, according to Reuters.
A Disney spokesperson told Reuters the company recognizes the impact of the Supreme Court ruling and remains committed to providing full access to quality health care, including family planning and reproductive care.
Disney World employs 80,000 actors in Florida, where Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill inspired by the Mississippi ban at the center of the Supreme Court’s decision that bans abortions after 15 weeks’ gestation. The Florida law goes into effect July 1.
Disneyland employs 30,000 cast members in Anaheim, where California is expanding access to family planning clinics bracing for a surge of patients traveling from other states for abortions.
Disney joins other major US companies like Amazon, Starbucks, Tesla, Netflix, Levi Strauss, Patagonia, JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Yelp, DoorDash, Airbnb and Reddit who have pledged to pay employees to travel to obtain abortions, according to New York Times.