Kroger employee healthcare plan covers abortion travel costs

Kroger employee healthcare plan covers abortion travel costs
Published: Jun. 24, 2022 at 7:21 PM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WXIX) - Kroger’s healthcare plan does cover some of the cost if an employee would need to travel for an abortion, according to a statement from a company spokesperson.

Kroger, like Disney, Netflix and others, say they will cover the costs if an employee needs to travel to get an abortion.

On Friday, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade which “is likely to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states,” the Associated Press reports.

In Ohio, Attorney General Dave Yost announced the state’s Heartbeat Bill “is now the law.”

The law bans abortions in Ohio after the first fetal heartbeat is detected, as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.

Laura Streitmann, an anti-abortion advocate, said Kroger’s decision will make her rethink shopping at the store.

“I think it’s really sad,” Streitmann stated. “I’m a Kroger shopper. I don’t know that I will be anymore. I know there are a lot of people that will stop. I’ve gotten phone calls from people saying they’re going to boycott Kroger. So, we’ve got to get our mind around this.”

Streitmann says at the most basic level, Kroger’s policy is just bad for business.

“Kroger depends on customers, that’s what’s so ironic,” said Streitmann. “Kroger depends on people to support their business, so what they’re advocating for is the execution of pre-born children, their future customers.”

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