Big Tech Firm Will Pay Employee Moving Costs if They Want to Leave Texas Because It Bans Abortions

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Sep 13, 2021   |   11:21AM   |   Austin, Texas

The software company Salesforce joined other politically left companies this month in condemning a new Texas pro-life law that is saving unborn babies from abortion.

CNBC reports Salesforce sent a message to its employees Friday, offering to help them move out of Texas as a result of the new law.

CNBC claimed the company took a neutral ground on the heartbeat law by promising to “recognize and respect … different perspectives,” but its position is clear.

“These are incredibly personal issues that directly impact many of us — especially women,” the company wrote, according to CNBC. “… As a company, we stand with all of our women at Salesforce and everywhere.”

“… if you have concerns about access to reproductive healthcare in your state, Salesforce will help relocate you and members of your immediate family,” it told employees.

Salesforce is based in California, but it has locations across the U.S., including in Dallas, Texas. The company employs more than 56,000 people.

On Twitter, CEO Marc Benioff reiterated their promise to help employees move out of Texas, writing, “Your choice.”

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The announcement got the attention of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, who responded by urging Texas families to come to Virginia.

“My message to companies like Salesforce is clear: come to Virginia – where we remain open and welcoming,” McAuliffe, a pro-abortion Democrat and former governor, said in a statement. “We’ve seen these extreme right-wing attacks on reproductive health in Virginia before, and as governor I fought back against every single one. I kept [abortion] clinics open when extreme right wing Republicans like Glenn Youngkin tried to force them to close, and I vetoed every anti-women’s health bill including multiple efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.”

Other companies — including Lyft, Uber, Match, Bumber and Tinder — also have criticized Texas for working to save babies from abortion. Meanwhile, the CEO of a videogame development company lost his job after he expressed support for the pro-life law.

Abortions almost completely have stopped in Texas since the law went into effect Sept. 1. Pro-life leaders in the state estimate as many as 100 babies may be being spared from abortion every single day.

The Texas heartbeat law prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. It allows private citizens to enforce the law by suing abortionists who violate it. The law has the potential to save tens of thousands of babies’ lives and protect countless mothers from the pain and regret of abortion every year.

Meanwhile, pro-life advocates are reaching out to pregnant women across Texas with compassion and understanding, offering resources and emotional support to help them and their babies. Earlier this year, state lawmakers increased support for pregnant and parenting mothers and babiesensuring that they have resources to choose life for their babies.