“Your health and well-being remain our highest priority…”
As per the unsigned letter, the tech giant expressed their support with the “employees’ rights to make their own decision regarding their reproductive health.”
Texas abortion ban and Apple
As companies from Texas showed their support against the state’s newly implemented law, Apple also shared the same sympathy.
In an internal memo reportedly sent by Apple to its employees, the company said that they support their Texas-based workers to “travel out-of-state” in case they need to do medical care— or abortion.
Apple further noted that they are currently looking at legal ways to “challenge” the said law.
They ended their memo by saying, “your health and well-being remain our highest priority, and we will continue to do all that we can to ensure that you and your families have access to the care that Apple provides.”
Unfortunately, as per the Tech Crunch report, the said memo is not signed by anyone from Apple. However, the report also told the readers that an Apple representative already confirmed the authenticity of the said letter.
SB 8: Texas Heartbeat Act
In May, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the Texas Heartbeat Act called SB 8. The said law was implemented on Sept. 1.
As reported via Texas Tribune, SB 8 law is one of the nation’s “strictest” abortion regulations. It says in the measure that all abortions as early as six weeks are now illegal in Texas.
The said law explains that six-week-old fetuses already have a heartbeat. Thus, the reason why the anti-abortion law should be implemented.
“Our creator endowed us with the right to life and yet millions of children lose their right to life every year because of abortion,” Abbott said in a bill signing ceremony.
Though the law is acceptable for Christians, pro-life advocates, and Texas churches, SB 8 is still faced with massive backlash.
One of the things that critics are against with the said law is the fact that anyone from the state can report anyone on their website. For example, if someone knows their neighbor was pregnant and got an abortion— within the said timeline— he can report the person for doing so.
Other companies showed support
Other than Apple, few of the known companies in Texas also showed their support against the said law.
Two of the companies are from dating apps, Bumble and Match. In a different report from Tech Visibility, both companies expressed their dismay over the SB 8. To protect the “legal rights” of women in their companies, Bumble and Match reportedly made a separate fund for all women who wants to have the said abortion— outside the state.
The said fund would also, “support the reproductive rights of women and people across the gender spectrum who seek abortions in Texas.”
So far, the law is still in effect. However, with the massive backlash, there could be changes to the said law soon.