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Patagonia will bail out employees who ‘peacefully protest for reproductive justice’

Clothing company Patagonia said Friday it will pay bail for its full-time or part-time employees who are arrested while “peacefully protesting” in support of “reproductive justice.”

As reported by Axios, employees on the company’s health plan are covered for abortion care, which includes paying for travel, lodging and food where restrictions currently exist. Patagonia spokesperson J.J. Huggins told Axios that the company has “had the bail policy in place for many years.”

The company reaffirmed this policy in a LinkedIn post titled, “Patagonia supports choice,” in which the company offered training and bail for those who “peacefully protest for reproductive justice.”

“The company will post bail for an employee who has previously taken a nonviolent civil disobedience class and is subsequently arrested while peacefully protesting,” Huggins said.

“Caring for employees extends beyond basic health insurance, so we take a more holistic approach to coverage and support overall wellness to which every human has a right,” the company said. “That means offering employees the dignity of access to reproductive health care.”

This comes after the Supreme Court voted 5-4 to overturn Roe v. Wade, leaving the legality of abortion up to the states. Companies across the U.S. have since announced plans to help employees obtain abortions. Among these include Google, Disney, Alaska Airlines, Lyft, and Dick’s Sporting Goods, who all recently announced they will pay the travel expenses for employees seeking out-of-state abortions.

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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