Tesla pays for workers to get abortions out of state – putting Elon Musk at odds with conservatives

Elon Musk attends the 2022 Met Gala honoring “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue)

  • Tesla began covering the costs for its employees to receive out-of-state abortions in 2021.
  • The policy came as states like Texas, where Tesla is now based, passed tougher abortion restrictions.
  • It puts Elon Musk at odds with his conservative fans, as the Supreme Court is likely to topple Roe v. Wade.
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Tesla, the electric vehicle company owned by billionaire and soon-to-be Twitter owner Elon Musk, is paying for workers to get out-of-state abortions.

According to the company’s 2021 Impact Report, Tesla began offering a “comprehensive safety net program and health insurance offering” last year, including “travel and lodging support for those who may need to seek medical services not available in their home state.”

That came after the company moved to Texas, where abortion was banned after six weeks in August 2021.

That policy puts Tesla on a growing list of companies helping workers access abortion care in the wake of new restrictions passed at the state level, as well as new concerns that Roe v. Wade could be quashed next month after the unprecedented leak of a design consultancy do just that.

And it puts Musk — who has otherwise become a hero among conservatives after his purchase of Twitter last month — at odds with some of his cheerleaders.

Chief among them is Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who this week introduced a bill to prevent companies from taking tax deductions for workers’ abortion-related travel expenses or for gender-affirming care for minors.

“Too often our companies find loopholes in the law to subsidize the murder of unborn babies or horrific ‘medical’ treatment of children,” Rubio said in a statement praising the bill. “My bill would ensure that this doesn’t happen.”

While Tesla’s impact report makes no mention of minors, the company touts the fact that since 2018 it has “offered transgender benefits aligned with the clinical protocol set forth by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.”

Rubio’s bill is part of a protracted crusade by the one-time 2016 presidential candidate against what he sees as a conspiracy between big business and “Marxism.”

†[Corporate leaders] are 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 in a speech last fall. “I’m not here to tell you that big business be enemy. But I’m here to tell you that big business is not our ally in the fight against socialism.”

But Rubio has also shown cautious optimism about Musk’s recent purchase of Twitter, which he said had caused a “meltdown” among the “far left” because they feared “losing the power to threaten, silence and destroy anyone who disagrees with them”.

Rubio’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Some of the Florida senator’s Republican colleagues were even more enthusiastic about Musk’s Twitter purchase.

sen. Ted Cruz from Texas called it the “most significant development for free speech in decades,” while Indiana Senator Mike Braun praised the purchase as a “clear victory for free speech and America.”

But while Musk’s self-proclaimed commitment to free speech and apparent disregard for the progressive left have given some conservatives hope, the tech billionaires’ ideology may prove too libertarian for a party increasingly interested in using state power to promote conservative values.

“In general, I believe that government should rarely impose its will on the people,” Musk wrote. in a tweet in September 2021† “That said, I’d rather stay out of politics.”

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