Salesforce chief executive officer Marc Benioff has taken concerns of employees over new abortion laws seriously and has offered all assistance to those who want to relocate. The announcement has been made after several employees raised concern over abortion access in the state where they live. However, the company has not referred to any specific state in its message to employees. The message to thousands of employees was sent on Slack. It is pertinent to mention that new legislation went into effect in Texas this week and it allows abortions only before most women know they are pregnant.
“This is a very personal issue and has a direct impact on each one of us,” the message reads. “If our employees face any concerns or have any issue while accessing reproductive healthcare in their state, Salesforce will help relocate them and members of their immediate family.” The software giant is not the first company to offer such assistance to those who need help in this regard in Texas. Companies like Uber, Lyft, and dating site Bumble have already announced that they would support people in this. This comes as the US Department of Justice has sued the state over its new abortion law.
Without directly mentioning the name of the state, the company said that it stands with all women employees of Salesforce. Later, Benioff did say that Texas was in the mind when the company sent the Slack message. The new law of Texas bans puts a blanket ban on abortion after weeks. This is the time frame before which most people don’t even realize that they are pregnant. There is no exception in the law and empowers anyone to sue someone for helping in abortion in any way. This not only includes hospital or health care services but also those who help pay for the procedure. This even includes those who drive the person to the hospital for the procedure.