Tesla announced on Friday it will join the other large corporations who have pledged to cover travel expenses for employees going out of state to get an abortion.
In its annual Impact Statement for 2021, released on Friday, Tesla said in the last year it expanded its Safety Net program to include “travel and lodging support for those who may need to seek healthcare services that are unavailable in their home state.”
The move comes after Tesla officially moved its headquarters last year from California to Texas, which recently passed restrictive abortion laws. The Texas law bans abortions after 6 weeks, at which time many women are unaware they are pregnant.
The law was one of many being passed or considered in states across the country as the abortion debate heats up following the leak of a draft Supreme Court opinion that signaled the impending overturn of Roe v Wade by SCOTUS. The draft was confirmed as official by Chief Justice John Roberts on Tuesday, the morning after the draft was published by Politico.
The leak prompted protests around the country and has abortions rights groups scrambling to organize in what promises to be a political showdown in the United States in the coming weeks.
Amid the news, corporations have begun announcing how they will work to assist employees who cannot access abortion in their home states.
Apple said it will cover medical expenses for any Texas employees who have to travel out of state to access abortions. Uber and Lyft promised to pay any legal fees for employees who find themselves entangled in abortion lawsuits in states where anyone, including drivers, can be charged as accomplice in an abortion.
While Tesla CEO Elon Musk has yet to publicly comment on the move, he wrote last year, “government should rarely impose its will upon the people, and, when doing so, should aspire to maximize their cumulative happiness. That said, I would prefer to stay out of politics.”
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