(FreedomBeacon.com)- In a memo to its staff on Friday, Walmart stated that it would cover abortions in situations where the mother’s health was in danger, in cases of rape, incest, an ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, or if the fetus was not viable.
According to reports, a memo regarding the new policy showed it would reimburse some travel costs for employees who must go outside their state for abortions. By January 2023, Walmart will also open a new Center for Excellence that offers in vitro fertilization, intrauterine insemination, and egg cryopreservation services.
Previously, Walmart would only pay for abortions if the mother’s health would be endangered if the pregnancy were allowed to develop to term, the fetus could not survive childbirth, or it would die shortly after birth.
The document notes that given how recent events impact state-by-state healthcare environments, they will broaden travel coverage.
The action appeared to be a reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Center, which held that the constitution did not contain a right to an abortion.
Reports show that in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a case that directly contested Roe’s ban on most abortion restrictions before fetal viability, the majority of the court affirmed Mississippi’s 15-week abortion limit at issue. The single abortion facility in Mississippi sued the state’s top health official, Thomas Dobbs, claiming that the limitation was unlawful.
Justice Samuel Alito wrote the majority opinion. According to the ruling, Roe and Casey must be rejected. The Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment—the one on which supporters of Roe and Casey now primarily rely—does not explicitly mention abortion in the Constitution, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision. That clause has been recognized to safeguard some rights not expressly set forth in the Constitution, but any such right must be ‘deeply rooted in our Nation’s history and tradition’ and ‘implicit in the concept of ordered liberty.
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