Walmart CEO Doug McMillon speaks at the CNBC Evolve conference in Los Angeles on Nov. 19.
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walmart CEO Doug McMillon told employees Friday that the company is weighing how to respond to the Supreme Court’s decision to end federal abortion rights.
“We are working thoughtfully to identify the best way forward, guided by the desire to support our employees and all employees,” he said in a memo to staff on Friday. “We will share details of our actions as soon as possible, recognizing that Time is of the essence.”
He did not say what changes the company was considering, such as whether it could pay for travel for workers who must travel to another state where abortion is available.
The memo was previously Wall Street Journal.
Arkansas where Walmart is headquartered one of several states with severe restrictions or bans Regarding abortion effective after High Court decision.
Walmart is also the largest private employer in the country. It has about 1.6 million employees across the country, many of whom live and work in Sun Belt states with abortion restrictions such as Texas, Oklahoma and Florida.
Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, companies across the country have had mixed reactions.some, including JPMorgan, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Target, announced a new program to cover employee travel to other states for abortions.others, such as Kroger and apple, saying they already cover travel for medical and reproductive health care. Others remained silent.
Walmart already pays employees to travel for some medical procedures, such as certain heart surgeries, cancer treatments and organ transplants.
Walmart’s health benefits only cover some abortions. According to the company’s employee handbook, “Expenses for procedures, services, medications, and supplies related to abortion or pregnancy termination are not covered, unless the fetus can not be delivered during labor if bringing the fetus to term would endanger the mother’s health. Survive or die after birth.”
Plan B is an over-the-counter form of birth control that is only covered if the person gets a prescription. The pill, often called the “morning pill,” works by preventing ovulation or preventing a fertilized egg from attaching to the uterus. Can be taken after unprotected sex or after contraceptive failure.
Other forms of birth control are also included in prescriptions, including birth control pills, injections, and IUDs or IUDs. Some anti-abortion activists also oppose IUDs because they prevent a fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus.
In Friday’s memo, MacMillan said Walmart had collected input from employees when deciding what to do. He also mentioned the size and diversity of the company and its customer base.
“We know our staff and customers have different views on this issue, and it’s a sensitive topic that many of us feel deeply about,” he said. “We want you to know that we’ve seen all of you. …regardless of your position on this topic, we want you to feel respected, valued and supported.”