Tesla will cover travel costs for employees wishing to have an abortion
Tesla covers employee transportation costs for out-of-state abortions, joining Citigroup and Yelp, as various state regulations have limited abortion access.
The company said in its 2021 Impact Report, released on Friday, that it had begun offering “travel and accommodation assistance for those who may need to seek health services that are not available in their country of origin” last year.
Texas, where Tesla is based, has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. Last year, the state banned the procedure after about six weeks of pregnancy. In Congress, some lawmakers are already threatening to take legal action against companies that offer such perks, including Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida.
Tesla’s other fertility benefits include IVF and egg freezing, as well as up to $25,000 for adoption and surrogacy. Tesla offers 16 weeks of paid family leave.
Since a draft opinion obtained by Politico and released Monday showed the Supreme Court’s intention to overturn Roe v. Wade, and that the Court confirmed its veracity, the companies remained relatively calm.
Other companies with employees in Texas have offered to pay transportation costs or help in some other way; some spoke directly about their belief in access to abortion care.
Citigroup revealed in March that it covered travel for employees seeking abortions outside their home country. Some 8,500 employees work for Citigroup in Texas. Yelp, which has just over 200 employees in Texas, announced in April that it would cover the expenses of workers who had to travel out of state to get abortions.