The technology company Apple told its Texas employees Friday that it will pay for them to abort their unborn babies in other states now that the heartbeat law is in effect.
ABC 7 News reports Apple CEO Tim Cook said the company’s medical insurance plan will cover out-of-state abortion costs for employees in Texas.
He made the statement during an employees-only meeting; The New York Times obtained a recording of the meeting and reported about it over the weekend. Tech Crunch and other news outlets confirmed the statement with Apple.
In recent weeks, a number of politically left companies have condemned the Texas pro-life law, which may save as many as 100 unborn babies from abortion every day. The law prohibits abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. It also allows private citizens to enforce the law by suing abortionists who violate it.
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Apple, which employs thousands of Texans, described the heartbeat law as “uniquely restrictive” in an internal employee message last week, according to Tech Crunch. The company also said it is monitoring the lawsuits filed against the law, including one by Planned Parenthood and another from the Biden administration.
“We are actively monitoring the legal proceedings challenging the uniquely restrictive abortion law in Texas,” the memo states. “In the meantime, we want to remind you that our benefits at Apple are comprehensive, and that they allow our employees to travel out-of-state for medical care if it is unavailable in their home state.”
The company also told employees that it supports their “rights to make their own decisions regarding their reproductive health,” according to the report.
Other companies — including Lyft, Uber, Match, Bumble and Tinder — also have criticized Texas for working to save babies from abortion. The software company Salesforce even offered to help employees move out of Texas.
Abortions almost completely have stopped in Texas since the law went into effect Sept. 1. In 2020, about 54,000 unborn babies were aborted in Texas, and about 85 percent happened after six weeks of pregnancy, according to state health statistics.
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 babies, ensuring that they have resources to choose life for their babies.