- Tesla began covering the costs of its employees to receive out-of-state abortions in 2021.
- The policy came as states like Texas, where Tesla is now based, have passed stricter restrictions on abortion.
- He puts Elon Musk at odds with his conservative fans as the Supreme Court looks set to overturn Roe v. Wade.
Tesla, the electric car company owned by billionaire and soon-to-be Twitter owner Elon Musk, is paying employees to perform out-of-state abortions.
According to the company’s 2021 Impact Report, Tesla began offering an “Expanded Safety Net Program and Health Insurance Offer” last year, which includes “travel and accommodation support for those who may need to access health care services not available in their home state.”
It came after the company moved to Texas, where abortion was banned six weeks later in August 2021.
The policy puts Tesla on a growing list of companies helping employees access abortion care in the wake of new restrictions passed statewide, as well as new concerns that Roe v. Wade could be overturned next month after the unprecedented leak of an opinion project that does so exactly.
And he puts Musk – who became a hero among conservatives after buying Twitter last month – at odds with some of his fans.
Among those is Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who introduced a bill this week to prevent companies from making tax cuts for employee travel costs related to abortion or to sex-confirmation care for minors.
“Often our companies find loopholes to support the killing of unborn children or horrific ‘medical’ treatments for children,” Rubio said in a statement promoting the bill. “My bill will make sure that doesn’t happen.”
Although the Tesla Impact Report does not refer to minors, the company is touting the fact that it has offered “transgender benefits consistent with the clinical protocol established by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health” since 2018.
The Rubio bill is part of a long-running campaign by the one-time presidential candidate of 2016 against what he sees as corporate collusion and “Marxism”.
“[Corporate leaders] “It is the product of decades of anti-American indoctrination at our elite universities and they feel no obligation to America or its national interests,” Rubio said during a speech last fall. “I am not here to tell you that big business is the enemy. But I am here to tell you that big business is not our ally in the fight against socialism.”
But Rubio also showed cautious optimism about Musk’s recent purchase of Twitter, which He said It caused a “breakdown” among the “far left” because they feared “losing the ability to threaten, silence, and destroy anyone who did not agree with them.”
—Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) 26 April 2022
Rubio’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Some fellow Republicans in the Florida Senate were more enthusiastic about the purchase of Musk on Twitter.
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas called her It was “the most significant development of free speech in decades,” while Senator Mike Brown of Indiana Praise the purchase as a “clear win for free speech and America”.
—Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 27 2022
But while Musk’s self-proclaimed commitment to freedom of expression and Apparently a disdain for the progressive left Giving hope to some conservatives, the ideology of tech billionaires may prove too liberating for a party increasingly interested in using state power to advance conservative values.
Musk wrote, “In general, I think that government should rarely impose its will on the people.” In a tweet in September 2021. However, I prefer to stay out of politics.”
—Elon Musk September 2, 2021