Salesforce has told employees that if they and their families are concerned about abortion access in their current state, the company will assist them in relocating. The company didn’t mention any specific state in a Slack message obtained by CNBC, but it was sent to thousands of employees late Friday, a day after the US Department of Justice sued Texas over its new abortion law.
According to CNBC, the Slack message reads, “These are incredibly personal issues that directly impact many of us — especially women.” “If you and members of your immediate family are concerned about access to reproductive healthcare in your state, Salesforce will assist you in relocating.”
The Slack message didn’t say whether the company supported abortion or the new Texas law, instead stating that “we all have deeply held and different perspectives.” We, as a company, stand with all of our female employees at Salesforce and around the world.”
Later, Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff clarified that the company sent the Slack message with Texas in mind, tweeting, “Ohana, if you want to move, we’ll help you exit TX.” Your choice” and a link to the CNBC report (the word “Ohana” is a neologism in Hawaiian that roughly translates to “family”).
Ohana if you want to move we’ll help you exit TX. Your choice.❤️https://t.co/y5IKpm5fNs
— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) September 11, 2021
The Texas law prohibits abortion after six weeks—when most women are unaware they are pregnant—makes no exceptions for rape or incest, and allows anyone to sue another for “aiding and abetting” abortions after six weeks. This includes not only the person seeking an abortion and abortion clinics, but also anyone who assists in the payment of the procedure or drives a person to have one.
Last week, rival ride-hailing companies Lyft and Uber announced that they would cover legal fees for any of their drivers who were sued under the Texas law, in a rare show of solidarity. In addition, Match Group, the parent company of Bumble and Tinder, announced the establishment of a relief fund for women seeking abortions. The headquarters of both companies are in Texas.
The Justice Department is seeking an injunction to stop the Texas law from going into effect, claiming that “it is settled constitutional law that a state may not prohibit any woman from making the ultimate decision to terminate her pregnancy before viability,” according to the lawsuit. Texas, on the other hand, has done just that.”