Signs near the new Tesla South Austin showroom at the Yard Building in Austin, Texas, USA, on Saturday, October 16, 2021.
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Tesla will cover the travel and accommodation costs of employees to receive medical services that are not offered in the states in which they live.
The policy, which Tesla says has been in place since 2021, was published in its 2021 Impact Report, released on Friday. Although the report does not mention the word “abortion”, the wording of the policy seems to include such a procedure.
According to the report, since last year Tesla has been offering “an expanded Safety Net and Health Insurance program that includes travel and accommodation support for those who may need to seek medical services that are not available in their home state.”
The news comes at a time when the Supreme Court seems ready to overturn Rowe v. Wade, defending the right to abortion in the U.S., after Politico published a draft majority opinion overturning the decision decades ago when it becomes final.
If Rowe v. Wade is repealed, the right to abortion will be decided by individual states. Many states have already begun restricting access to abortion, and some states have so-called laws that further restrict access in the event of the repeal of Rowe v. Wade.
Earlier, the New York Times reported on Tesla’s policy and said it included abortion. A Tesla spokesman was not immediately available to comment.
Tesla is in Texas, where the state legislature has already made it difficult to access abortion services, banning most after six weeks of pregnancy.
Other companies, such as Citigroup and Yelp, have offered to cover travel costs for employees seeking abortions not offered in their home states. Amazon and Apple are offering travel compensation for employees who are forced to seek abortion or other medical care outside the state.
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