US – Following a reversal on the Roe vs Wade decision, DICK’s Sporting Goods announced it would pay to help get access to abortion.
In a statement from the CEO of the company Lauren Hobart, and Ed Stack Executive Chairmen, they announced that they would offer travel expenses to help someone go to a state that allowed abortion.
The company issued the statement below:
A MESSAGE FROM ED STACK & LAUREN HOBART 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 decision 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 reimbursement 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 passionately 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 live, and choose what is best for them.