In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, Dick’s Sporting Goods has announced they will provide up to $4,000 in travel reimbursement for employees who live in states where abortions are banned.

The company letter from Ed Stack and Lauren Hobart reads: 

Dear teammates, 

You are the heart of our business, and we are committed to protecting your health and well-being.

Today, the Supreme Court announced a decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, removing the federal right to an abortion and leaving the decisions up to each state. 

While we do not know what decision each state will make in response to this ruling, we at DICK’S Sporting Goods are prepared to ensure that all teammates have consistent and safe access to the benefits we provide, regardless of the state in which you live.

In response to today’s ruling, we are announcing that if the state you live in restricts access to abortion, DICK’S Sporting Goods will provide up to $4,000 in travel expense reimbursements to travel to the nearest location where that care is legally available. This benefit will be provided to any teammate, spouse, or dependent enrolled in our medical plan, along with one support person. 

We recognize people feel passionate about this topic — and that there are teammates and athletes who will not agree with this decision. However, we also recognize that decisions involving health and families are deeply personal and made with thoughtful consideration. We are making this decision so our teammates can access the same health care options, regardless of where they lived, and choose what is best for them. 

See the official statement below. 

DICK’S is also joined by Starbucks, Tesla, Yelp, Airbnb, Netflix, Patagonia, DoorDash, JPMorgan Chase, Levi Strauss & Co., PayPal, and Reddit.

Others, including Disney and Meta, have also come out with policies on traveling expenses for employees who need abortions. 

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Source: NY Times