Giant Eagle will pay out-of-state employee travel expenses for abortions

Giant Eagle Supermarkets announced Tuesday that it will reimburse expenses for insured employees and family members who must travel interstate for comprehensive health care, including access to reproductive care.

The O’Hara-based supermarket chain’s decision mirrors policies announced by other companies since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last week struck down the constitutionality of Roe v. Wade, a decision that leaves the right to abortion to individual states.

Sporting goods company Dicks Sporting Goods announced on June 24, the day the ruling was released, that it would cover travel expenses for employees who must travel out of state for abortions. . Disney and JP Morgan Chase & Co., Citigroup and Starbucks are among other national companies that have agreed to reimburse travel expenses for people traveling out of state for an abortion.

Giant Eagle’s statement does not mean abortion, but indicates that it is done to provide access to family planning services.

The company said it will share specific details related to this offer with its employees in the near future.

In addition to Pennsylvania, Giant Eagle has stores in Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and Indiana, which have different abortion regulations.

While abortion remains legal in Pennsylvania under state law, abortion is only legal in Ohio until approximately six weeks of pregnancy.

Gov. Tom Wolf has backed pro-choice, as has Democratic gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano has pledged to ban all abortions if elected.

In Indiana, abortion clinics continue to operate, but current state law imposes restrictions on the procedure. Abortion is illegal after 22 weeks of pregnancy, although there are exceptions for medical emergencies. A waiting period is also required. Legislation is underway in this state to ban abortions.

West Virginia’s only abortion clinic closed after the Supreme Court issued its ruling.

Joe Napsha is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Joe at 724-836-5252, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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