Tesla to pay workers’ abortion travel costs after moving HQ to Texas

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Tesla has committed to covering travel-related expenses for employees who are forced to spell retired of authorities to person an termination aft Elon Musk’s electrical car outfit precocious relocated to Texas, wherever the politician has vowed to outlaw the procedure.

Musk has been hailed by conservatives for his pledge to acquire Twitter and change its contented moderation policies arsenic good arsenic his stated desire to ballot for Republican candidates, though his car maker’s abortion-friendly argumentation flies in the look of his rightward turn.

The Post has reached retired to Tesla seeking comment.

The Supreme Court connected Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling which legalized termination nationwide.

The arguable ruling comes weeks aft the online quality tract Politico published a leaked draught of the determination — which prompted outrage from termination rights advocates.


Get The Post’s latest updates pursuing the Supreme Court’s determination to overturn Roe v. Wade.


In the days following the Politico scoop, Tesla was among respective companies to denote that it would widen further aesculapian benefits to workers who are forced to question retired of authorities to question an abortion.

Musk past  twelvemonth  relocated Tesla's office  from deep-blue California to Texas, which is acceptable   to contented   a full   prohibition  connected  abortions.Musk past twelvemonth relocated Tesla’s office from deep-blue California to Texas, which is acceptable to contented a full prohibition connected abortions.AFP via Getty Images

On Friday, respective firms including Netflix, Disney, Paramount, JPMorgan Chase, and others told their employees that they would screen out-of-state question costs for those seeking abortions.

The car shaper officially moved its firm office past twelvemonth from Silicon Valley to Texas, which passed a instrumentality banning abortions astatine astir six weeks of pregnancy.

Texas is besides 1 of 13 states to person passed a alleged “trigger law” which imposes a broad prohibition connected abortions erstwhile the nation’s highest tribunal overturns Roe v. Wade.

The Supreme Court determination opens the doorway for arsenic galore arsenic 23 states successful the national to criminalize abortion.

Texas' GOP-dominated authorities   legislature has passed a "trigger law" that would automatically prohibition  abortions if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.Texas’ GOP-dominated authorities legislature has passed a “trigger law” that would automatically prohibition abortions if the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.Getty Images

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott released a connection connected Friday welcoming the precocious court’s ruling.

The Republican politician vowed to proceed to enactment the state’s GOP-controlled authorities legislature to “save each kid from the ravages of termination and assistance our expectant mothers successful need.”

“The US Supreme Court correctly overturned Roe v. Wade and reinstated the close of states to support innocent, unborn children,” Abbott said.

“Texas is simply a pro-life state, and we person taken important enactment to support the sanctity of life.”

The politician added: “Texas has besides prioritized supporting women’s healthcare and expectant mothers successful request to springiness them the indispensable resources truthful that they tin take beingness for their child.”

“Texas volition ever combat for the guiltless unborn,” helium said.

Tesla said successful its 2021 “Impact Report” released successful May that it expanded its Safety Net programme and wellness security offerings past twelvemonth to see “travel and lodging enactment for those who whitethorn request to question healthcare services that are unavailable successful their location state.”

Even earlier  the Supreme Court ruling connected  Friday, Texas had immoderate   of the astir   restrictive anti-abortion laws connected  the books.Even earlier the Supreme Court ruling connected Friday, Texas had immoderate of the astir restrictive anti-abortion laws connected the books.Getty Images

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are taking purpose astatine corporations offering to assistance women seeking abortions successful states with little restrictive laws.

Texas State Representative Briscoe Cain, a Republican, has said helium would suggest authorities barring section governments successful the authorities from doing concern with immoderate institution that provides question benefits for employees seeking abortions.

Nationally, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a measure that would prohibit companies from claiming taxation deductions for specified costs.

Musk did not instantly respond to a petition for comment, but helium tweeted successful September that helium believes “government should seldom enforce its volition upon the people, and, erstwhile doing so, should aspire to maximize their cumulative happiness.”

“That said, I would similar to enactment retired of politics.”