Ohio Employers Giant Eagle. Kroger, and Amazon Among Those That Will Pay Abortion Travel Costs
The next time you need to purchase something at the grocery store or are considering attending a Cavs game, you might want to consider which companies have pledged to pay the travel costs for employees who seek abortions out-of-state. According toCleveland.com, Kroger and Amazon, Ohio’s third and fourth largest employers by number of workers, have already announced polices that would reimburse women who travel for the procedure. So have JPMorgan & Chase, the state’s 10th largest employer and Giant Eagle, which employs the 12th most people in the state. The Cleveland Cavaliers, who employ about 2,500 full-time and part-time employees in Ohio, announced that they would also cover travel costs for abortion.
Amazon, which employs about 41,000 people in Ohio, told staff in May it would pay up to $4,000 in travel expenses annually for non-life threatening medical treatments including abortions, according to Reuters.
Major entertainment companies such as Walt Disney, Netflix and Warner Brothers as well as tech companies Google, Apple and Microsoft also say they will now pay for employees travel for elective abortions as part of their “benefits” package.
However, it is only a matter of time before these policies are challenged in court. The consequences for companies funding abortion travel could be severe, depending on how vigorously a local prosecutor wants to pursue individual cases. “If you can sue me as a person for carrying your daughter across state lines, you can sue Amazon for paying for it,” said Robin Fretwell Wilson, a law professor at the University of Illinois and expert on healthcare law.
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