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Disney to employees: All your expenses will be covered if you need to travel out of state for an abortion
The Walt Disney Co. has announced that it will cover the travel expenses of employees who travel out of state for an abortion, the CNBC reports.
Just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade was announced, Disney sent out an internal memo to employees, pledging financial assistance to anyone who needs an abortion.
“Our company remains committed to removing barriers and 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,” Disney executives said in the memo.
“In fact, we have processes in place so that an employee who may be unable to access care in one location has affordable coverage for receiving similar levels of care in another location," the memo continued. “This travel benefit covers medical situations related to cancer treatments, transplants, rare disease treatment and family planning (including pregnancy-related decisions).”
Other entertainment giants such as Netflix, Comcast, Paramount, WME, CAA, and UTA have all told their workers that their travel costs would be covered if they were to go travel for an abortion, The Hollywood Reporter reports.
Public confidence in the Supreme Court is at an all-time low as the court continues to come under fire over what critics argue has been a pattern of legislating from the bench.
According to Gallup, just 25% of Americans have "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in the judiciary, a marked 11% decrease from a year ago. The poll, conducted between June 1-20, is part of a larger trend of government institutions suffering from a credibility crisis, as Gallup noted. Still, "the 11-point drop in confidence in the Supreme Court," it noted, "is roughly double what it is for most institutions that experienced a decline."
Amongst Democrats, confidence in the court is currently sitting at 13% as compared to 39% for Republicans. According to Gallup, the former's confidence in the court is lower than it ever has been in Gallup's history.
Gallup's poll comes on the heels of numerous controversial Supreme Court rulings involving abortion, police misconduct, gun control and the separation between church and state.
Back in May, the court rocked the abortion advocates with news, first broken by Politico, that it was poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling establishing America's constitutional right to abortion. On Tuesday, the conservative-majority court again shocked a broad swath of the American public when it ruled that the state of Maine cannot exclude religious schools from receiving public funding, dealing a decisive blow to the establishment clause, America's constitutional mandate to keep religious bias out of public policy.
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More recently, the court ruled that police officers cannot be sued by suspects for failing to tell them their Miranda rights, which were put in place to protect people from self-incrimination. The judiciary also overturned a New York handgun law that required would-be gun owners to establish that they had "proper cause" to get a concealed carry license.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court's conservative justices have adamantly argued that their jurisprudence is not affected by their personal politics.
"Judicial philosophies are not the same as political parties," said Justice Amy Coney Barrett in a speech last September, adding that her goal was "to convince you that this court is not comprised of a bunch of partisan hacks."
But even within the court, justices worry that regardless of whether the court is political, the very perception of it being so fundamentally undermines democracy.
Last December, during oral arguments for the aforementioned abortion ruling, liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor herself expressed doubt that the court could "survive the stench" of overruling Roe. "If people actually believe that it's all political, how will we survive?" she asked. "How will the court survive?"
For decades, former Vice President Mike Pence — known for his severe Christian fundamentalist views — has been calling for the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. And on Friday, June 24, 2022, Pence got his wish when the High Court struck down Roe with its 6-3 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. But Roe’s demise is not enough for Pence, who is now calling for a nationwide ban on abortion.
During a June 24 interview with Breitbart News, Pence applauded the six justices who voted to overturn Roe for having “the courage of their convictions.”
The theocratic former vice president/ex-Indiana governor, who is often mentioned a possible presidential candidate for 2024, told Breitbart, “Now that Roe v. Wade has been consigned to the ash heap of history, a new arena in the cause of life has emerged, and it is incumbent on all who cherish the sanctity of life to resolve that we will take the defense of the unborn and the support for women in crisis pregnancy centers to every state in America. Having been given this second chance for life, we must not rest and must not relent until the sanctity of life is restored to the center of American law in every state in the land.”
Although the Dobbs decision marks the end of Roe after 49 years, it is not a nationwide abortion ban but rather, allows individual states to determine whether they will or will not allow legal abortion. A long list of Republican-controlled states will immediately criminalize abortion statewide, while heavily Democratic states such as California have strong protections for abortion rights. Republican Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, in response to the Dobbs ruling, has signed an executive order protecting abortion rights.
In order for abortion to be outlawed nationwide, both branches of Congress would need to pass such a federal ban — and it would need to be signed into law by the president.
Even if Republicans retake the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives in the 2022 midterms and pass a federal anti-abortion law in 2023, it would no doubt be vetoed by President Joe Biden. The U.S. is safe from a federal abortion ban until at least January 2025.
The effect that the Dobbs ruling will have on the 2022 midterms remains to be seen, but Roe’s demise pushes abortion to the forefront — and swing states such as Pennsylvania, Virginia, Arizona and Georgia could become major battlegrounds on abortion rights in the midterms. Many Democrats, furious because Roe has been overturned, are no doubt hoping that voters will punish Republicans in general for the Dobbs ruling.