Salesforce to Help Workers Leave States Over Abortion Laws | Texas News
DALLAS (AP) – The CEO of Salesforce said the company would help employees leave Texas, and he did so by retweeting a story linking the offer to concerns over Texas’ new anti-abortion law.
Salesforce, which sells customer management software, joins a small number of companies that have reacted against Texas law.
CNBC reported that the San Francisco-based company told employees in a Slack message that it would help them get around “if you have concerns about accessing reproductive health care in your state.”
CEO Marc Benioff retweeted the story on Friday night, adding, “Ohana, if you want to move, we’ll help you get out of Texas. Your choice. ”Ohana is a Hawaiian term for family.
The company did not return any messages for comment.
The Texas law was passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature and was signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in May, but only came into effect this month. It bans most abortions after six weeks, before many women know if they are pregnant, and allows private residents to sue anyone who helps a woman have an abortion.
By a 5-4 vote, the US Supreme Court refused to block the law. This week, the US Department of Justice sued Texas for blocking the law.
Rideshare companies Uber and Lyft, both based in San Francisco, said they would pay legal fees for any driver sued for taking a woman to an abortion clinic. Texas-based dating app provider Bumble has said it will create a relief fund for those affected by the law.
Abortion rights activists have pressured Texas-based companies to criticize the law, but most have remained silent.
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