Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, recently revealed that it has begun paying for employee abortions. On Wednesday, pro-life leaders expressed their disapproval in a letter to Doug McMillion, the company’s president and CEO.
“Surely as board members with a fiduciary responsibility to your shareholders, you must understand that Walmart’s increasingly woke policies are alienating millions of your customers who will take their business elsewhere,” the letter states. “Your founder Sam Walton would be appalled.”
The list of leaders includes William Walton, executive board member of CPAC; Penny Nance, CEO and president of Concerned Women for America; former U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint; Kevin Roberts, president of the Heritage Foundation; and Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life group Susan B. Anthony List.
“CPAC and other conservative leaders are changing tactics,” said Matt Schlapp, chairman of CPAC. “Once allies, these companies that fund Black Lives Matter and Planned Parenthood are as big an adversary as the woke socialist groups they support. Large publicly held companies need to realize conservative groups and officeholders will no longer do their bidding,. We are shelving our polite silence and in full-on battle mode. After November, it will get much worse for these woke corporations.”
The letter follows a company expansion of abortion coverage in a memo stating that “effective immediately, the Walmart self-insured health-care plans will cover abortion when there is a health risk to the mother, rape or incest, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage or lack of fetal viability.”
Critics have pointed out that the “health risk” can be used to abort a child if the pregnancy causes mental stress or worry, which abortion supporters say is “health”.
Democrats and media outlets have wrongly reported that the recent Supreme Court decision criminalized miscarriages and abortions related to ectopic pregnancies. No states ban these procedures and there is no proposed legislation in any state or U.S. territory to do so.
The conservative leaders reminded Walmart that “in prior years, the company policy was to offer benefits related to abortion only in cases ‘when the health of the mother would be in danger if the fetus were carried to term, the fetus could not survive the birthing process or death would be imminent after birth.’
Conservatives will neither condone nor forgive Walmart’s choice, the letter said. “Conservatives who seek a government that reflects their values should take their business elsewhere,” it said. “And no self-proclaimed conservative official or conservative organization should accept funding from Walmart while it supports the policies of the woke left.”
The Supreme Court ruling returned to the states, the responsibility for health regulations and legislation over abortion which had been federalized in the 1973 Roe decision. The court ruled there was no constitutional right to an abortion and that it may be regulated by states.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice