At some point, the public really should question the Walt Disney Co.’s commitment to children.
Earlier this spring, Disney was rocked with criticism for conspicuously advocating the LGBT agenda, primarily by staunchly vowing to overturn a new Florida law that bans school districts and classroom teachers from implementing lesson plans centered on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Now, in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling overturning Roe. v. Wade, Disney announced on Friday that it will pay the costs of employees seeking to travel to obtain abortions.
The court’s decision allows states to set their own abortion policies. In response, many states indicate they will tighten restrictions on abortion, while others, like New York and California, promise to expand them, presumably up to the moment of birth.
CNBC on Friday reported on an internal memo in which Disney, among numerous Fortune 500 companies, promised its workers continued abortion access.
“We recognize the impact that today’s Supreme Court ruling could have on many Americans and understand that some of you may have concerns about what that might mean for you and your families, as medical and family planning decisions are deeply personal,” the memo said. “Please know that 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.”
“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. This travel benefit covers medical situations related to cancer treatments, transplants, rare disease treatment and family planning (including pregnancy-related decisions).”
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Continuing, the company said, “Disney will continue to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of our team members and their families.”
That is, of course, for those “family members” who will be on the receiving end of the abortion.
Disney’s decision is not unexpected, given the company’s liberal politics. But it is a curious one.
For one thing, many, if not most, Disney employees work in California, where there are few restrictions on abortion, and in Florida, where a new state law takes effect on Friday that will limit abortions to 15 weeks.
Yet that law will have little impact on abortions immediately.
According to the Florida Agency on Health Care Administration, roughly 94 percent of abortions in Florida occur within the first 12 weeks.
Still, one wonders why Disney, a company that built its enormous wealth and reputation on entertaining children and families, wants to see fewer kids in the world.