Adidas, Nike and Disney join wave of companies that will cover employee travel costs in the event of an abortion

Many companies will cover travel costs for employees who must travel out of state for an abortion after the Supreme Court struck down federal protections for the procedure.

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JPMorgan Chase, America’s largest bank, and two athletic apparel giants with a strong North West presence have joined a host of companies saying they will cover the costs of employees who have to travel outside the state to have an abortion.

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday formally reversed Roe vs. Wadedeclaring that the constitutional right to abortion, defended for nearly half a century, no longer exists.

Without federal protection, states are now responsible for codifying their own laws surrounding abortion. Some have already passed laws banning almost all abortions.

JP Morgan told employees in a memo that if they live in states where abortion is banned, the company will cover travel costs to a state where it is legal, starting in July.

Nike and Adidas also released statements saying they would help employees access abortions if the procedure is restricted to where they live. While access to abortion is still protected in Oregon, both companies also have employees in states where abortion will now be banned or severely restricted.

Nike, headquartered near Beaverton, says abortion is covered under its family planning benefits. The sportswear giant says it will cover travel and accommodation costs for employees who cannot access nearby services.

Portland is home to the North American headquarters of Adidas, which offered an even more specific commitment to its U.S. employees in a statement released Friday.

“Our comprehensive medical plans will continue to cover reproductive resources like contraception and abortion support, pregnancy, fertility and other family planning and construction services,” Adidas said in an emailed statement. . “Where availability of abortion services may not be accessible near home, our plan now covers travel and accommodation costs, up to $10,000 per occurrence, for all U.S. employees enrolled in the plan. .”

A statement from Oregon’s largest corporate employer, Intel, also pointed to continued medical coverage for employees seeking abortions, but its statement was more cautious and vague.

“Our health care options in the United States cover a wide range of medical treatments, including abortion when permitted, as part of our comprehensive family planning benefits,” the statement said. “Intel will continue to provide resources to those who need to travel for safe and timely healthcare.”

After JP Morgan’s initial statement, many companies issued internal statements and memos to employees. They understand:

  • disney
  • Primordial
  • netflix
  • Condé Nast
  • Meta
  • Warner Bros.
  • Comcast
  • sony
  • Intuitive
  • BuzzFeed
  • Duolingo
  • Dick Sporting Goods
  • Patagonia
  • Box
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • These companies join a previous wave of companies that made similar announcements after a Supreme Court opinion leaked in early May suggesting this outcome.

    These companies include:

  • Amazon
  • Zillow
  • Levi Strauss
  • Apple
  • Lyft
  • Uber
  • Airbnb
  • DoorDash
  • Yelp
  • Citigroup
  • You’re here
  • Microsoft
  • Starbucks
  • MasterCard
  • Reddit
  • PayPal
  • “Access to reproductive health care, including abortion, has been a critical factor in women’s gains and contributions in the workplace over the past 50 years,” Levi’s said May 4.

    Media company Condé Nast said it would pay for travel and accommodations if employees had to travel out of state for an abortion, according to an internal memo from CEO Roger Lynch to Vogue editor employees. New Yorker and Vanity Fair, among others.

    “This is a blow to reproductive rights that have been protected for nearly half a century,” Lynch said in the memo obtained by NPR.

    Condé Nast said the company has enhanced its U.S. health benefits to help employees and their dependents access reproductive care, regardless of where they live.

    Lynch went further in his email to urge his employees to use their journalism to respond at this time.

    “The most powerful way for us to respond to what’s happening right now is through our brands and the distinctive editorial lenses with which they cover today’s news and the effect it will have on society. “, did he declare. “Our values ​​are clear in the content and journalism we produce.”

    OPB reporter Kate Davidson and editor Rob Manning contributed to this story.

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