SAG-AFTRA will reimburse out-of-state abortion trips for actors and their children


Hollywood’s largest labor union health plan, SAG-AFTRA, announced it would reimburse out-of-state travel and accommodation costs for plan participants and their dependents, pledging to “provide access to safe abortion services, regardless of where they live or work.”

SAG-AFTRA, which has around 160,000 members, represents film actors as well as many television journalists and news professionals – although not all of them are qualified to participate in the health plan, which is one of the most generous in the industry.

The union’s health plan made the announcement on Friday, calling abortion “reproductive health care.”

“All Americans should have equal access to essential, necessary, and often life-saving reproductive health care, wherever they live or work,” the statement said.

Under the new guidelines, if an actress lives in a state where abortion is legal but works in a state that prohibits abortion, she can choose between returning home for the procedure or traveling to the state closest to home. her workplace where abortion is legal.

If the actress lives in a state where abortion is illegal, she can choose to have the procedure in the state closest to her where abortion is legal.

A more detailed document specifies that the plan will also cover the “dependent spouses” and “dependent children” of performers, although the latter will be reimbursed “in the event of an emergency abortion only”.

The announcement comes after the landmark Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wadethat gives states and their constituents back the power to decide the abortion issue themselves.

Several Hollywood studios have already agreed to pay the travel expenses of employees wishing to have an abortion. As Breitbart News reported, they include Netflix, Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery.

Many movies and TV shows shoot in Georgia and Louisiana, due to their lucrative tax incentives that studios are reluctant to give up. Both states recently passed abortion restrictions, with Louisiana making all abortions illegal in the state.

In Georgia, a federal judge recently ruled that the state’s fetal heart rate law could go into effect, which would ban abortions after six weeks.

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