Elon Musk’s Tesla covers travel costs for employees who have out-of-state abortions, joining the ranks of several other companies that have introduced similar reimbursement policies following adoption by several states of pro-life legislation.
Since 2021, Tesla has expanded its “Safety Net” program and health insurance offering to include “travel and accommodation assistance for those who may need to seek health services that are not available in their country of origin,” according to the company’s “Impact Report.” released on Friday.
The electric car maker officially moved its headquarters from California to Texas last year. In September 2021, Lone Star State passed vital legislation, which bans most abortions at six weeks pregnant or when a fetal heartbeat is detected.
In September, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that he believes that “government should seldom impose its will on the people, and in doing so should aspire to maximize their cumulative happiness”.
In general, I believe that government should rarely impose its will on the people and in doing so should aspire to maximize their cumulative happiness. That said, I would prefer to stay out of politics.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 2, 2021
“Having said that, I would prefer to stay out of politics,” Musk added.
Tesla isn’t the only company paying travel costs for workers seeking out-of-state abortions.
Amazon last week told its staff it would reimburse up to $4,000 in travel expenses each year for medical treatment, including abortions.
Additionally, the announcement came as an opinion from the Supreme Court quashing Roe vs. Wade leaked to the press, and as states pass legislation restricting abortion – leaving some expectant mothers to wonder if they might need to travel to successfully kill their unborn children.
Citi, Uber, Lyft, Salesforce, Levi’s, Yelp and Bumble are also among the companies stepping up to ensure that heart-pounding unborn babies can be destroyed efficiently and without inconvenience.
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