Tesla to cover travel costs for workers seeking out-of-state abortions – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Tesla is covering travel costs for employees seeking out-of-state abortions, joining the ranks of major companies that have introduced a similar policy to benefit workers affected by new restrictions in recent months.

The company said in its 2021 “Impact Report” released Friday that it expanded its Safety Net program and health insurance offerings last year to include “travel and lodging support for those who may need to seek health care services that are not available in your home state.

The automaker officially moved its corporate headquarters last year from Silicon Valley to Texas, which passed a law banning abortions at roughly six weeks of pregnancy.

Since then, other states have introduced new restrictions, and a political storm erupted this week with the leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion that would abolish abortion rights nationwide.

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are targeting corporations that offer to help women seeking abortions in states with less restrictive laws.

Texas State Rep. Briscoe Cain, a Republican, has said he will propose legislation that would bar local governments in the state from doing business with any company that provides travel benefits to employees seeking abortions. At the national level, US Senator Marco Rubio introduced a bill on Wednesday that would bar companies from claiming tax deductions for such costs.

Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but tweeted in September that he believes “government should rarely impose its will on the people, and in doing so should aim to maximize their happiness.” accumulated. That said, I would rather stay out of politics.”

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