Tesla pays for travel expenses of workers wishing to have an abortion

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Tesla Supercharger is seen in the parking lot of the Willow Festival mall in Northbrook, Ill., Thursday, May 5, 2022. Tesla covers travel expenses for employees seeking abortions outside of their home country. The company said in its 2021 “impact report” on Friday that it expanded its safety net program and health insurance offerings last year to include “travel and accommodation assistance for those who may need to seek health care services that are not available in their home country”. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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Tesla is covering travel costs for employees seeking out-of-state abortions, joining the ranks of large 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 on Friday that it expanded its safety net program and health insurance offerings last year to include “travel and accommodation assistance for those who might need to seek health services that are not available in their home country.

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

Other states have since introduced new restrictions, and a political storm was ignited this week with the leak of a proposed Supreme Court opinion that would abolish a nationwide right to abortion.

Meanwhile, Republican lawmakers are going after companies that offer to help women get abortions in states with less restrictive laws.

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

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