Disney to cover travel expenses for employees seeking abortions following SCOTUS ruling

The Walt Disney Company
'Disney will continue to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of our team members and their families.'

In reaction to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the Walt Disney Company promised employees it will pay for their travel expenses to get an abortion if they live somewhere with restrictions.

Disney sent employees an internal memo Friday telling employees the company was “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.”

Several outlets reported on the memo, including CNBC, which published a copy of the note signed by Paul Richardson, Disney’s chief human resources officer, and Pascale Thomas, Disney’s vice president of enterprise benefits and well-being.

Disney’s memo comes as Corporate America and the rest of the country are reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision. Some companies, such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, shared similar messages to employees Friday.

“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,” Disney said in the memo, adding the travel benefit for employee also “covers medical situations related to cancer treatments, transplants, rare disease treatment and family planning (including pregnancy-related decisions).”

“Disney will continue to prioritize the health, safety and well-being of our team members and their families,” the memo went on to say.

In Florida, Disney is one of the biggest employers with tens of thousands of employees working at the theme parks, hotels, cruise line and other properties.

Starting July 1, a new Florida law will ban most abortions after 15 weeks.

Walt Disney World did not respond to a request for comment Friday from Florida Politics.

For Disney, political issues have been a major headache for the company this year. Disney angered both liberals and many employees for its silence over Florida’s controversial “Parental Rights in Education” law — dubbed “Don’t Say Gay” by critics — and then drew ire from Gov. Ron DeSantis and state Republican lawmakers when CEO Bob Chapek finally addressed the law, saying he was against it.

In retaliation, lawmakers voted to strip away Disney’s special government taxing district. That measure goes into effect next year.

Gabrielle Russon

Gabrielle Russon is an award-winning journalist based in Orlando. She covered the business of theme parks for the Orlando Sentinel. Her previous newspaper stops include the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Toledo Blade, Kalamazoo Gazette and Elkhart Truth as well as an internship covering the nation’s capital for the Chicago Tribune. For fun, she runs marathons. She gets her training from chasing a toddler around. Contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter @GabrielleRusson .


  • Richard Bruce

    June 24, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    Not good business killing off future customers. Disney should itemize abortion travel expenses on each gate ticket. Visitors should be aware that a portion of each dollar spent will be going to killing babies.

    • Tjb

      June 24, 2022 at 5:32 pm

      Has not hurt their business since the Roe vs Wade decision in 1973? Do you know how much a $1,000 of Disney Stock is worth in 2022?

      • Tjb

        June 24, 2022 at 5:34 pm

        $1000 dollars of Disney stock in 1973 is worth today?

    • marylou

      June 27, 2022 at 3:24 pm

      Since ron has ordered his freedummies to hate Disney, and dummies realize they would be hypocrites to take their kids to see Mickey, the only people to see your itemized ticket would be the sane people who want women to have access to healthcare.

    • joey

      July 1, 2022 at 6:12 pm


  • PeterH

    June 25, 2022 at 12:17 pm

    The irony here is that historically Republican red states have the highest percentage of abused and malnourished children. The SCOTUS challenging State, Mississippi, ranks dead last for child welfare. A full 25% survive below the poverty level.

    Anti-abortion advocates state that they will care for the new born babies addicted to drugs, with birth defects and severe disabilities…… but somehow they have forgotten the existing 400,000 un-adopted American children who are passed from one foster care home and facility to another and then thrown on the street at age 18.

    Red States are ALREADY highly dependent on blue states for bale outs. For example, for every dollar Lindsey Graham’s South Carolina sends to Washington the State receives $7.00 in return. Are red states prepared to raise their state taxes to cover the quarter million dollar expense per new unwanted child? ….. or are red states planning on dumping their unwanted child problem on the federal government?

    Blue states cannot afford to be further burdened with caring for these new unwanted children who may be brought into this world with a host of undetectable genetic problems or opioid addiction. It will be enough of a blue state burden to provide the Underground Railroad for those women seeking a safe legal abortion.

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    June 28, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Gee, since killing babies is legal in Florida (up to 15 weeks), Disney could set-up baby killing clinics in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista. The “residents” in those two cities could work at the Disney-operated baby killing clinics. This would save trips and money out to Burbank and the visits to baby killing centers in that state.

    On the other hand, maybe trips out to Burbank might help the Disney share price. Today, the Disney share price closed at almost $96.00 a share – a BIG $91 drop from the $187 per share price during the past year. Poor Pooh has poo running down his (their/she/its) legs and R2-D2’s (it/binary) head is going to pop off!

    No wonder Bob Iger cashed out their Disney stock options last June 2021 – they could see the “future”.

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    • joey

      July 1, 2022 at 6:15 pm

      You only care about embrions not babies. After they are born no helthcare , no food and let them get kill in schools.

  • just sayin

    June 29, 2022 at 7:48 am

    A cynic might wonder why Disney has money for this, but not for raises. Did some backoffice CPA run the numbers on the cost of maternity leave vs. the cost of an airplane ticket?

    • Antonio

      July 1, 2022 at 7:10 pm

      It is absolutely cheaper to pay for a plane ticket and a few nights in a hotel than paying for maternity leave and adding more names to your insurance policy. All this virtue signaling by these companies is just cover for them getting out of paying the benefits they are meant to pay.

  • joey

    July 1, 2022 at 6:18 pm

    Republicans think they will stop abortions. Lol blue states will be rich with Abortions tourism. You will never stop abortions because is a Woman choice not Mens Politicians.

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