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Goal will cover employees’ travel to other states for abortions

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An individual walks right into a Goal store in Washington, DC, on May 18, 2022.

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Goal will cover employees’ travel in the event that they live in a state where abortion is banned, based on an organization memo obtained by CNBC.

The brand new policy will take effect in July, based on the e-mail, which was sent to employees Monday from Goal’s Chief Human Resources Officer Melissa Kremer.

“For years, our healthcare advantages have included some financial support for travel, when team members needed select healthcare procedures that weren’t available where they live,” Kremer said within the memo. “Just a few months ago, we began re-evaluating our advantages with the goal of understanding what it could appear to be if we broadened the travel reimbursement to any care that is needed and covered – but not available within the team member’s community. This effort became much more relevant as we learned concerning the Supreme Court’s ruling on abortion, provided that it could impact access to healthcare in some states.”

With the reversal of Roe v. Wade, the country has been divided into states where abortion is legal and states where it’s outlawed. The court decision has led to a wave of announcements by corporations which have committed to providing travel coverage for workers on their medical health insurance plans. That growing list cuts across industries and includes JPMorgan Chase, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Rivian.

Some corporations, like Amazon, already announced they’d cover travel for workers who must seek reproductive healthcare in other states before the Supreme Court decision.

Others have stayed silent. Walmart, the most important private employer within the U.S., has declined to comment on if or how it would allow employees to access abortions. Its headquarters is in Arkansas, which has a state law that triggers an abortion ban.

The highest court’s decision has prompted outrage from some employees who’ve pushed their corporations to go further. A whole bunch of Amazon employees have signed an internal petition, calling on the tech giant to sentence Supreme Court’s decision, stop operations in states with abortion bans and permit staff to maneuver to other states in the event that they live in a spot where the procedure is restricted, based on Business Insider.

CNBC’s John Rosevear contributed to this text.

This story is developing. Please check back for updates.

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