Walmart apparently supports killing its future customers and future employees in abortions. The corporation announced today that it will fund abortion travel for its employees — using its health care plan to subsidize travel for any employee who has to go more than 100 miles to get an abortion that will end the life of a unique human being.
According to a CNBC report, Walmart’s health care plans will cover abortion “when there is a health risk to the mother, rape or incest, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage or lack of fetal viability.”
Although it appears Walmart will not cover all requests for abortion travel, the policy is inconsistent with science and medical care as treatment for ectopic pregnancies and miscarriage is not abortion and doctors have confirmed there is not really any medical reason for killing babies in aboritons.
There is some concern that employees could claim that abortions used as birth control are medically necessary to justify Walmart funding the abortion travel, and the company offered no information about how it would monitor such bogus claims.
Employees and their family members who are insured through Walmart will also have travel costs covered, if they cannot access a legal abortion within 100 miles of their location, according to the email, which was sent by Walmart’s Chief People Officer Donna Morris.
Walmart is the nation’s largest employer with about 1.6 million employees and is headquartered in Arkansas, where strict abortion limits have already got into effect.
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Last month, the company’s CEO, Doug McMillon, sent an employee-wide email saying that Walmart was “working thoughtfully and diligently to figure out the best path forward” after the Supreme Court decision. Walmart at the time didn’t say what changes the company was considering.
The retailer previously offered more limited abortion coverage. According to the company’s employee handbook, charges for “procedures, services, drugs and supplies related to abortions or termination of pregnancy are not covered, except when the health of the mother would be in danger if the fetus were carried to term, the fetus could not survive the birthing process, or death would be imminent after birth.”
Unlike some other companies, Walmart will provide coverage for all options, including childbirth, prenatal care and adoption. In fact, Walmart says it will increase its adoption funding benefits from $5,000 to $20,000 in 2023.
Businesses that are funding abortion travel may be making female employees feel pressured into aborting their unborn babies, a Texas congressman warned this week.
In letters to Disney, Warner Bros., Google and Facebook (Meta) on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Michael Cloud, R-Texas, asked why their companies have chosen to emphasize abortion and not paid family leave for female employees since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
“I’m concerned that major corporations are pressuring women to receive abortions rather than taking time away from work through maternity leave,” Cloud wrote. “Women should feel supported in their decision to balance their family with work. If these companies are exploiting women under the guise of abortion access, then we have a serious problem.”
Entertainment companies like Walt Disney, Warner Brothers and Netflix and tech giants like Google, Apple, Meta, which owns Facebook, and Microsoft now offer their employees money to travel to abort their unborn babies. Others including Lyft, Yelp, Dick’s Sporting Goods, the grocery store chains Giant Eagle and Kroger recently said they will begin paying employees’ travel costs for abortions, too.
Some of these companies already are facing civil rights complaints for allegedly discriminating against pregnant employees who chose life for their unborn babies.
In his letter to the Walt Disney Company, Cloud said the company issued a memo on the same day as the Supreme Court ruled on the abortion case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health telling employees that it would pay for their abortion travel costs.
However, Disney did not mention paid family leave or other support for employees who choose life for their unborn babies anywhere in that memo, Cloud said.
He expressed concerns that the emphasis on abortion will add to the discrimination that women already face in the workplace.
“Women have historically faced discrimination for being pregnant due to the number of days women will be absent from the workforce due to the birth and care of their children,” he said. “They should not feel coerced into seeking an abortion instead of taking time off to have their child, especially since women are already having fewer children than they want.”
The congressman urged the companies to support women and families, especially at a time when many are struggling with high inflation, skyrocketing gas prices and a baby formula shortage.
“It is imperative that women feel they are supported in their decision to balance their family with their work,” Cloud said.
Most companies couched their pro-abortion stance in terms of “health care,” claiming women need abortions to be healthy and free. But these companies are encouraging and supporting the elective, unnecessary killing of unborn babies in abortions – when they could be helping families instead.
Meanwhile, pro-life advocates are striving to provide real support to mothers and babies across the U.S. Along with passing the heartbeat law last year, Texas state lawmakers also increased support for pregnant and parenting mothers and babies, ensuring that they have resources to choose life for their babies. Other pro-life advocates across the U.S. also are working to expand support services for families in need, through pregnancy centers, maternity homes, and even pregnant and parenting mothers in prison.