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Red Ventures to pay employees for abortion trips

Red Ventures in Fort Mill, South Carolina, said on June 27 that it will cover travel and living expenses for non-life-threatening medical procedures that are not available within a 100-mile radius of an employee's home address.

Red Ventures in Fort Mill, South Carolina, said on June 27 that it will cover travel and living expenses for non-life-threatening medical procedures that are not available within a 100-mile radius of an employee’s home address.

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Red Ventures is the latest company in the Charlotte area to cover an employee’s out-of-state travel expenses, including abortion.

On Monday, the 22-year-old Internet marketing and technology company based in Fort Mill, South Carolina, said it was covering travel and lodging expenses for “non-life-threatening medical procedures.”

Non-life-threatening medical procedures cover a wide range of treatments, including abortion, according to company spokeswoman McKayla Hernandez.

“We believe access to health care is a civil right,” Red Ventures said in a statement Monday.

On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The ruling now gives states the power to control abortion rights. South Carolina is ready to pass a restrictive abortion law in a special meeting of the State House, likely after July 1, reports the State newspaper in Columbia. In North Carolina, abortion remains legal and may become the destination state for the procedure as restrictions apply in neighboring states.

Red Ventures is among other companies – Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Citigroup – that have said they will cover abortion travel expenses.

According to the company, Red Ventures’ medical care allowance covers up to $2,000 in travel and accommodation costs for non-life-threatening medical procedures that are not available within a 100-mile radius of an employee’s home address.

Red Ventures is also expanding its “gender affirmation treatment” coverage to $10,000 in travel and living expenses and covers them 100%, according to the company.

Employees must be enrolled in the company’s health plan.

Red Ventures has 3,500 employees worldwide, including approximately 1,400 in the Charlotte area.

This story was originally published June 27, 2022 at 6:40 pm

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Katherine Muccigrosso is a retail business reporter for The Charlotte Observer. An award-winning journalist, she has worked for several newspapers and at McClatchy for over ten years.

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