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Columbus businesses join wave of companies promising support for employees' reproductive health care

Jeni's Ice Cream
Bob Hall

Upated June 29, 2022 at 11:50 AM EST.

Many large companies across the U.S have promised to cover employee travel costs for reproductive health care.

Kroger, Amazon, and JP Morgan Chase announced their intentions to offer financial support for anyone traveling for an abortion. All operate in Central Ohio.

Other area companies like the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company cover expenses related to women's reproductive care including termination of pregnancy, a spokesman said in a statement. Over the coming weeks, it will determine any "implications" to its policy. It does not cover travel expenses for reproductive care, but employees can use FSA and HSA funds to do so.

Ohio State University's health plan did not cover elected abortions in its policy before the Supreme Court decision. In a statement, spokesman Ben Johnson said if necessary, the university and medical center will make adjustments to services, courses or resources to comply with the law.

Seventh Son Brewing Company in the Short North said in a statement via Instagram that it will release a new product with proceeds donated to the Women Have Options abortion fund, host a fundraising event for the organization, and contribute funds to Planned Parenthood Ohio. It intends to work with its insurance provider to "understand how we can best support the reproductive needs of our employees."

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams also issued a statement that said it would "explore legal options" to give employees access to the healthcare they need." It also said it made a donation to Planned Parenthood and that the Supreme Court decision is a "significant step backward for our country." The company is woman founded and 67% of its workforce is women.

The Honda auto plant, located in Marysville, employs over 15,000 workers in Ohio. The company’s current health plan provides coverage for reproductive health benefits, including abortion procedures in limited instances, a spokesman said in a statement.

Ohio's ban on abortions after six weeks of gestation became law last Friday.

Tyler Thompson was a reporter and on-air host for 89.7 NPR News. Thompson, originally from northeast Ohio, has spent the last three years working as a Morning Edition host and reporter at NPR member station KDLG Public Radio and reporter at the Bristol Bay Times Newspaper in Dillingham, Alaska.