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Cavaliers to Help Cover Employees' Travel Costs for Reproductive Health Care

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVJune 27, 2022

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The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Monday that they would financially support employees who travel outside the state of Ohio for reproductive health care.

Cleveland Cavaliers @cavs

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The announcement came three days after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a 1973 court decision that established the constitutional right to have an abortion in the United States.

The decision to overturn means that the legality of abortions is now decided at the state level, and Ohio quickly put into effect a "heartbeat bill" outlawing abortions around six weeks into a pregnancy when a fetus' heartbeat is detected, though "heartbeat" is misleading since heart valves aren't formed yet and what is being measured is electrical activity.

Abortion clinics in the state had to quickly cancel any scheduled abortions past the six-week gestation period.

"That shows just how little [Ohio attorney general] Dave Yost gives a damn about these people, that he rushed to court and put people in this position where they literally had no notice, none whatsoever," Kellie Copeland, the executive director of Pro-Choice Ohio, told Haley BeMiller and Abbey Marshall of the Columbus Dispatch.

Alongside the Cavaliers, the NBA and WNBA said in a joint statement they would continue to make sure their employees had access to reproductive health services:

NBA Communications @NBAPR

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert issued the following statement today: <a href="https://t.co/aE6xnJIxtG">pic.twitter.com/aE6xnJIxtG</a>

And a number of teams and players from both leagues spoke out against the court's decision:

Seattle Storm @seattlestorm

Furious and ready to fight. <a href="https://t.co/6fdEHUd4pM">pic.twitter.com/6fdEHUd4pM</a>

Sue Bird @S10Bird

Gutted 💔

Lexie Brown @Lexiebrown

Like how did we get here? So much happening in this country and this is what they want to focus on. It’s really terrifying actually.

Katie Lou Samuelson @33katielou

Wow…this is an absolute travesty.

LeBron James @KingJames

It’s ABSOLUTELY ABOUT POWER &amp; CONTROL!! <a href="https://t.co/Bx9VJH1PTj">https://t.co/Bx9VJH1PTj</a>

Devin Cannady @devin_cannady3

Yesterday we celebrated Title IX… <br><br>… Today we tell these same women that they don’t have the freedom to make decisions about their own body…<br><br>I’m sick for you, I stand with you. This country needs to be better, this shit is so backwards.

Karl-Anthony Towns @KarlTowns

Sad Day. <a href="https://t.co/Mow6gVDQAi">https://t.co/Mow6gVDQAi</a>

Josh Hart @joshhart

To the women in this country….I’m Sorry

"This decision shows a branch of government that is so out of touch with the country and any sense of human dignity," the WNBPA said in a statement. "We must recognize that when we cast a ballot it is to elect officials and to connect the dots to policies and legislation that align with our values."

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