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In internal memo, Apple says it is monitoring legal challenges to Texas abortion law – TechCrunch

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In a message posted to an internal employee forum today, Apple said it is monitoring legal challenges to what it calls the “particularly restrictive abortion law” that was recently passed in Texas. Apple has confirmed the authenticity of the message to TechCrunch.

“We are actively monitoring legal proceedings challenging Texas’ particularly restrictive abortion law,” the unsigned memo reads. “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 not available in their home country.”

The new law essentially prohibits the vast majority of abortions from occurring in the state and is currently legally challenged in various ways. A slew of companies in and outside of tech have taken a public stand against the law in recent days. Salesforce has offered to relocate all employees to Texas who are concerned about being able to access reproductive health care in the state after the law is enacted. Offers to cover travel costs for employees who needed out-of-state care were put in place by Match Group and Bumble, two companies based in Texas.

The post does not detail any other steps Apple has taken to actively oppose the bill, but says Apple supports “the rights of our employees to make their own decisions about their reproductive health.”

Apple is a large employer in Texas where it has a campus of thousands in Austin, as well as a manufacturing plant and numerous Apple stores across the state.

The full text of the message is below:

A message about women’s reproductive health care

At Apple, we support the rights of our employees to make their own decisions about their reproductive health.

We are actively monitoring legal proceedings challenging Texas’ particularly restrictive abortion law. 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 not available in their home state. If you need help navigating your or your dependents’ care, your health insurance provider can help you in confidence.

Your health and well-being remains our top priority, and we will continue to do everything possible to ensure that you and your families have access to the care provided by Apple.

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