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Walmart CEO Briefs Employees On Intending Feedback On Abortion Rights

Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told employees on Friday that the company is considering how to respond to a Supreme Court decision that effectively ended the federal right to abortion.

“We are working thoughtfully and diligently to determine the best path forward, guided by our desire to support our associates, all of our associates,” he wrote in a memo to employees on Friday. “Because time is of the essence, we will share details on our actions as soon as possible.”

He did not specify what changes the company is contemplating, such as whether it will cover travel expenses for employees who must travel to another state where abortion is legal.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on the memo.

Arkansas, the state where Walmart is headquartered, is one of several states that imposed severe restrictions or outright bans on abortions following the Supreme Court’s decision.

Walmart is also the largest private employer in the country. It employs approximately 1.6 million people across the country, including many who live and work in abortion-restricted states such as Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida.

Companies across the country have had a range of reactions since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. JPMorgan Chase, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Target, among others, have announced new plans to cover employees’ travel to other states for abortions. Others, such as Kroger and Apple, have stated that they already cover medical treatment and reproductive health care travel. Others, on the other hand, have remained silent.

Amazon, the country’s second-largest private employer, announced in May that it would cover up to $4,000 in travel expenses per year for non-life-threatening medical treatments such as abortions.

Some medical procedures, such as certain heart surgeries, cancer treatments, and organ transplants, are already covered by Walmart.

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Only some abortions are covered by Walmart’s health benefits. Charges for “procedures, services, drugs, and supplies related to abortions or termination of pregnancy are not covered, except when the mother’s health would be jeopardized if the fetus were carried to term, the fetus could not survive the birthing process, or death would be imminent after birth,” according to the company’s employee handbook.

Plan B, an over-the-counter form of contraception, is only covered if the individual obtains a prescription. The pill, also known as the “morning-after pill,” works by preventing ovulation or the attachment of a fertilized egg to the womb. It is suitable for use after unprotected sex or when contraception fails.

Other forms of contraception, such as birth control pills, injections, and intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are also covered by a prescription. IUDs are also opposed by some anti-abortion activists because they can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus.

McMillon stated in Friday’s memo that Walmart has solicited employee feedback as it decides what to do. He also mentioned the company’s and its customers’ size and diversity.

“We know our associates and customers have different perspectives on the issue, and this is a sensitive subject about which many of us have strong feelings,” he said. “We want you to know that we all see you. We want you to feel respected, valued, and supported, regardless of your position on this issue.”

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Walmart CEO Doug McMillon told employees on Friday that the company is considering how to respond to a Supreme Court decision that effectively ended the federal right to abortion.

“We are working thoughtfully and diligently to determine the best path forward, guided by our desire to support our associates, all of our associates,” he wrote in a memo to employees on Friday. “Because time is of the essence, we will share details on our actions as soon as possible.”

He did not specify what changes the company is contemplating, such as whether it will cover travel expenses for employees who must travel to another state where abortion is legal.

The Wall Street Journal first reported on the memo.

Arkansas, the state where Walmart is headquartered, is one of several states that imposed severe restrictions or outright bans on abortions following the Supreme Court’s decision.

Walmart is also the largest private employer in the country. It employs approximately 1.6 million people across the country, including many who live and work in abortion-restricted states such as Texas, Oklahoma, and Florida.

Companies across the country have had a range of reactions since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. JPMorgan Chase, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Target, among others, have announced new plans to cover employees’ travel to other states for abortions. Others, such as Kroger and Apple, have stated that they already cover medical treatment and reproductive health care travel. Others, on the other hand, have remained silent.

Amazon, the country’s second-largest private employer, announced in May that it would cover up to $4,000 in travel expenses per year for non-life-threatening medical treatments such as abortions.

Some medical procedures, such as certain heart surgeries, cancer treatments, and organ transplants, are already covered by Walmart.

READ MORE: US Govt Subpoena Donald Trump’s Media Company

Only some abortions are covered by Walmart’s health benefits. Charges for “procedures, services, drugs, and supplies related to abortions or termination of pregnancy are not covered, except when the mother’s health would be jeopardized if the fetus were carried to term, the fetus could not survive the birthing process, or death would be imminent after birth,” according to the company’s employee handbook.

Plan B, an over-the-counter form of contraception, is only covered if the individual obtains a prescription. The pill, also known as the “morning-after pill,” works by preventing ovulation or the attachment of a fertilized egg to the womb. It is suitable for use after unprotected sex or when contraception fails.

Other forms of contraception, such as birth control pills, injections, and intrauterine devices, or IUDs, are also covered by a prescription. IUDs are also opposed by some anti-abortion activists because they can prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus.

McMillon stated in Friday’s memo that Walmart has solicited employee feedback as it decides what to do. He also mentioned the company’s and its customers’ size and diversity.

“We know our associates and customers have different perspectives on the issue, and this is a sensitive subject about which many of us have strong feelings,” he said. “We want you to know that we all see you. We want you to feel respected, valued, and supported, regardless of your position on this issue.”

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