WPP will pay for abortion travel-related expenses

WPP chief Mark Read

Global holding company, WPP, is now responding to the leaked Scotus document which clearly shows that the Conservative-controlled Supreme Court is leaning toward overturning the landmark decision Roe v. Wade.

The 1973 ruling guarantees a woman’s right to abortion. Next year will be its 50th anniversary. Last Monday evening, the website Politico published a leaked draft, of an expected ruling by the court overturning Roe v. Wade.

In the draft majority opinion, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the justices held that “Roe and Casey must be overruled,” adding that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.”

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Ad Age has obtained a memo from WPP CEO Mark Read which says the company will update its healthcare advantages for all U.S. companies. This means funding will be available for travel that enables “consistent access to healthcare and resources,” including abortion care.

In the e-mail, Read goes into detail about some of its 109,000 employees who have reached out to him and different company management concerning the problem. “We don’t know the full details or impact of these potential changes in reproductive rights yet but we do know we want our people to have the same health coverage regardless of where they live… WPP is therefore updating its benefits plan to provide funding for travel that allows consistent access to healthcare and resources, including abortion care.”

According to Ad Age, the memo ends with Read saying the holding firm provides confidential counseling and other forms of assistance, “free of charge to everyone.”

WPP’s agencies include AKQA BCW, Essence Global, Grey, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Mindshare, Ogilvy, Wavemaker, UWG Inc., Wunderman Thompson and VMLY&R. 39% of its leadership team are women.

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