Texas small businesses plot next moves as abortion law changes

After a draft Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade became public, Max Hoberman spoke to attorneys for the independent video game company he runs about covering employees’ travel expenses if they had to leave Texas to have an abortion. Lawyers warned of legal risks, so Mr. Hoberman made another offer: The company, Austin-based Certain Affinity Inc., would help some employees leave the state for good.

Ron Horne, CEO of Pennco Inc., a Houston-area maker of municipal water treatment chemicals, made a different decision: He says he’s leaving it up to employees to cover the cost of treatments, including abortions, which are not already covered by the company’s health insurance plan. “If you couldn’t get dental treatment in Texas, I doubt I would pay for you to get it anywhere else,” he said.


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