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Patagonia Will Post Bail for Employees Arrested in Abortion Protests


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Clothing company Patagonia said Friday it will pay bail for employees who peacefully protest for “reproductive justice,” according to Axios.

After earlier threats of violence, it’s hard to imagine many of these protests being conducted in a peaceful manner.

Are we supposed to believe pro-abortion protestors who get arrested were peacefully protesting the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade?

Will Patagonia question if their employees were peacefully protesting if they send them bail money after getting arrested?

Patagonia said in a statement its part-time and full-time U.S. employees “who peacefully protest for reproductive justice” receive both training and bail if needed.

The statement reads:

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Patagonia covers the cost of medical insurance for all part-time and full-time employees; we offer the same high-quality health plans to all employees:

  • U.S. employees on our health plans are covered for abortion care. Where restrictions exist, travel, lodging and food are covered. 
  • 100% of co-pay costs for mental health visits are covered.

We support new parents with:

  • Two types of paid leave: 4 weeks of paid pregnancy disability leave and/or 12 weeks of paid parental bonding leave.
  • Private spaces to feed infants.
  • Child-care support for parents on work trips.
  • Subsidized, on-site high-quality child care.
  • Child-care stipends for parents who do not live near one of our child-care centers.

All part-time and full-time employees also receive:

  • Training and bail for those who peacefully protest for reproductive justice. 
  • Resources to make informed decisions at the ballot box.
  • Time off to vote.

Axios reported:

  • Patagonia spokesperson J.J. Huggins told Axios the company has “had the bail policy in place for many years.”
  • “The company will post bail for an employee who has previously taken a non-violent civil disobedience class and is subsequently arrested while peacefully protesting,” he said.

Patagonia joins the list of U.S. companies that announced plans to help employees gain abortion access after the Supreme Court’s decision.

Axios added:

  • Disney, Meta, Reddit and gaming chat platform Discord announced they will help their employees find reproductive health care coverage.
  • Multiple corporations said in May when the U.S. Supreme Court draft ruling leaked that they would help employees cover abortion travel as well.


 

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