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Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade: How some of America's biggest companies are responding

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, a ruling that for nearly 50 years secured the federal right to obtain an abortion. The case also struck down a 1992 case, Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which affirmed the right to obtain an abortion up until about 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Following a rare leak from the Supreme Court last month suggesting Roe v. Wade would be overturned, companies including Tesla (TSLA), Amazon (AMZN), and Apple (AAPL) announced policies that would reimburse employee travel expenses incurred to obtain abortion care barred within their home state.

In response to Friday's ruling, a number of large corporations have newly announced or reiterated support to cover travel costs for U.S. employees seeking abortion services. We've collected many of these responses below, and will update this list as developments warrant.

Goldman Sachs (GS)

The investment bank has expanded its healthcare policy to cover travel expenses for U.S. employees seeking abortion services, according to an internal memo obtained by Yahoo Finance.

"We have extended our healthcare travel reimbursement policies to include all medical procedures, treatments and evaluations, including abortion services and gender-affirming care where a provider is not available in proximity to where our people live," Goldman wrote in the note to employees.

CVS Health (CVS)

"We've made out-of-state care accessible for covered CVS Health employees residing in states that have instituted laws that limit access in their state. With the new decision, we are evaluating how we can best support the coverage needs of colleagues, clients, and customers. We will continue to provide covered colleagues with access to out-of-state care," the pharmacy retailer told Yahoo Finance in a statement.

Dell Technologies (DELL)

"Our priority remains on our team members' health and well-being. We continue to work with our healthcare plan administrators to ensure the health coverage we offer provides access to all types of covered care, even when providers are not available in a team member's home location," Dell said.

Lyft (LYFT)

Lyft said it will partner with Planned Parenthood to pilot a Women’s Transportation Access program, a move that follows a $1 million donation to the organization in September. The company also said its U.S. medical benefits plan includes coverage for elective abortion and reimbursement for travel costs if an employee must travel more than 100 miles for an in-network provider.

Disney (DIS)

"We have communicated directly with our employees today that we recognize the impact of the ruling and that we remain committed to 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," a Disney spokesperson told Yahoo Finance. "Disney employees who may be unable to access care in one location have affordable coverage for receiving similar levels of care in another location. This travel benefit covers family planning (including pregnancy-related decisions)."

Mastercard (MA)

A spokesperson for Mastercard confirmed earlier reports to Yahoo Finance that it will fund travel and lodging for employees seeking abortions outside their home states beginning in June.

"We will continue to offer employees access to the same healthcare that is available today wherever they live," the spokesperson said. "And, any travel support is consistent with other services that have been similarly supported."

JPMorgan (JPM)

"Our health care plans have historically covered travel benefits for certain covered services that would require travel,” JPMorgan told employees in a memo obtained by CNBC. “Beginning in July, we will expand this benefit to include all covered services that can only be obtained far from your home, which would include legal abortion.”

Netflix (NFLX)

The streaming giant will offer travel reimbursement coverage for its full-time U.S. employees and their dependents who need to travel for cancer treatment, transplants, gender affirming care, or abortion through their company health plans.

Microsoft (MSFT)

“Microsoft will continue to do everything we can under the law to support our employees and their enrolled dependents in accessing critical healthcare – which already includes services like abortion and gender-affirming care — regardless of where they live across the U.S," a Microsoft spokesperson told Yahoo Finance.

DICK'S Sporting Goods, Inc. (DKS)

DICK'S CEO Lauren Hobart said in a LinkedIn post that in response to Friday's ruling the company will provide up to $4,000 in travel expense reimbursement for employees living in states that restrict access to abortion to travel to the nearest location where care is legally available. This benefit will also be extended to employee spouses or dependents enrolled in the retailer's medical plan, along with one support person.

Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc. (WBD)

"In light of the Supreme Court's recent decision, we immediately expanded our healthcare benefits options to cover transportation expenses for employees and their covered family members who need to travel to access abortion and reproductive care," a Warner Bros. Discovery spokesperson told Yahoo Finance.

Tesla (TSLA)

In its 2021 Impact report published on May 6, Tesla said the electric vehicle maker will cover the travel and accommodation lodging support for employees who may need to seek healthcare services that are unavailable in their home state.

Alexandra Garfinkle, Gabriella Cruz-Martinez, and Ella Vincent contributed reporting.

(This story is breaking. Please check back for updates.)

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