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8/19, 7:31 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Report: Walmart widens abortion coverage for staff

Walmart Inc. said on Friday it has expanded the coverage of abortion and travel-related expenses for all of its 1.6 million employees, according to a memo seen by CNBC, which was sent to workers by top management.

"When there is a health risk to the mother, rape or incest, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage or lack of fetal viability," the largest American employer will fully cover abortion-related costs. For those owning the company's insurance, travel costs of up to 100 miles will also be covered.

The decision comes in the wake of the Supreme Court's ruling to overturn the federal right to access the procedure, which led to Republican-controlled states banning abortion to some degree or fully. "We strive to provide quality, competitive and accessible health coverage that supports you and your families," Chief People Officer Donna Morris noted in the memo.

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