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After the SCOTUS Dobbs v. Jackson ruling, Salt & Straw, Nike, Adidas and more are offering to support their employees who need to travel to receive women's health care services.

PMG FILE PHOTO: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Salt & Straw is among Oregonian businesses pledging to help support their employees' access to health care rights in other states after the SCOTUS Dobbs v. Jackson decision.Some Portland area-based businesses say they are pledging to offer employees support to access women's health care services in the wake of the SCOTUS decision on Dobbs v. Jackson.

In the Portland area Salt & Straw, Nike, Adidas and more have already announced their support. All of these Oregon companies have employees and offices in other states.

Artisanal ice cream shop Salt & Straw, which now also has locations in California, Washington and Florida, announced the company plans to reimburse travel expenses for full-time and part-time employees who need to travel to another state for health care services, including abortions. Florida is among the states with laws banning abortions without exceptions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, following the SCOTUS ruling.

Portland-based Salt & Straw is created and run by cousins Kim and Tyler Malek.

"We know from experience that these types of restrictions put women's health at great risk. As business leaders, we need to make our voices heard and act to protect the health and well-being of our team," Kim Malek said. "This has always been our company's priority, and it includes protecting this deeply personal decision."

Beaverton-headquartered Nike gave a statement to KOIN 6 News, a Pamplin Media Group news partner.

"Nike offers comprehensive family planning benefits. No matter where our teammates are on their family planning journey — from contraception and abortion coverage, to pregnancy and family-building support through fertility, surrogacy and adoption benefits — we are here to support their decisions. We cover travel and lodging expenses in situations where services are not available close to home and regularly make adjustments to our benefits to ensure employees have access to the quality healthcare they need," according to Nike.

Portland-based Adidas said it will pay employees up to $10,000 in support of medical travel per occurrence.

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

Intel is also among the Oregonian companies signaling ongoing healthcare coverage support.

"Our U.S. healthcare options cover a wide range of medical treatments, including abortion where permitted, as part of our overall family planning benefits. Intel will continue to provide resources for those who need to travel for safe, timely healthcare," according to Intel.

Wieden+Kennedy and Columbia Sportswear also indicated support for employees' continued access to healthcare, according to company statements.

Nationwide, even more companies are joining suit.


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