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West Orange Times & Observer Friday, Jun. 24, 2022 1 month ago

Disney will cover travel expenses for abortions

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'We recognize the impact that today's Supreme Court ruling could have on many Americans and understand that some of you may have concerns,' an internal memo said.
by: Michael Eng Editor and Publisher

Leaders of the Walt Disney Company, the largest employer in Orange County, in a Friday, June 24, internal memo pledged to cover travel expenses for employees seeking abortions.

The family entertainment company employs between 70,000 and 80,000 cast members in Central Florida.

"We recognize the impact that today's Supreme Court ruling could have on many Americans and understand that some of you may have concerns about what this might mean for you and your families, as medical and family planning decisions are deeply personal," the memo said.

"Please know that our company remains committed to removing barriers and providing comprehensive access to quality and affordable care for all of our employees, cast members and their families, including family planning and reproductive care, no matter where they live," the memo said. "In fact, we have processes in place so that an employee who may be unable to access care in one location has affordable coverage for receiving similar levels of care in another location. This travel benefit covers medical situations related to cancer treatments, transplants, rare disease treatment and family planning (including pregnancy-related decisions)."

The memo, circulated on Twitter, was signed by Chief Human Resources Officer Paul Richardson and Vice President of Enterprise Benefits and Well-Being Pascale Thomas.

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Michael Eng is the editor and publisher for the West Orange Times & Observer, West Orange Observer, Baldwin Park Living magazine and OrangeObserver.com. He is a 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri — Columbia School of Journalism....

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