Cloud computing company Salesforce is offering to move workers who are concerned about Texas' new abortion law out of the state. The company's chief executive officer, Mark Benioff, said workers who will want access to ample "reproductive health care" can request a transfer.
The billionaire CEO said on social media that all of the company's workers will be given the choice to move out of Texas. In a memo sent to workers, the company said that it stands will all women working with Salesforce and those affected by the new law.
"These are incredibly personal issues that directly impact many of us - especially women. We recognize and respect that we all have deeply held and different perspectives," the memo said.
The memo said the company will provide any assistance necessary to move workers and their immediate families with concerns about having access to proper reproductive health care out of the state. According to active LinkedIn profiles, Salesforce has about 2,000 employees based in Texas.
Ohana if you want to move we’ll help you exit TX. Your choice.️https://t.co/y5IKpm5fNs — Marc Benioff (@Benioff) September 11, 2021
Apart from Salesforce, other companies have also responded with new measures supporting workers that are against the new policy. Both Uber and Lyft announced that they are prepared to pay all legal fees incurred by drivers who are sued for taking women to an abortion clinic. Dating-app developer Bumble said it plans to create a relief fund for people affected by the new legislation.
Texas' newly imposed "heartbeat" bill effectively bans all abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected after six weeks. More often than not, women only discover they are pregnant after that time. In addition, the new law now also empowers citizens to file lawsuits against individuals, doctors, and clinics that perform "illegal" abortions within the state.
The bill was initially passed by the state Legislature and signed by Governor Gregg Abbot in May. It officially went into effect this month. Abortion clinics and other women's rights groups launched a request with the Supreme Court to block the implementation of the law. In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court declined the request. Last week, the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit against Texas in an attempt to block the law.