Some Silicon Valley tech companies also started speaking out on Friday.
Lyft chief executive Logan Green said the company will pay the legal fees for any driver who is prosecuted under the law. “TX SB8 threatens to punish drivers who get people where they need to go – especially women exercising their right to choose,” he said. wrote on Twitter.
Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said on Twitter that his company would also be cover the legal costs of its drivers.
And Jeremy Stoppelman, the CEO of Yelp, issued a statement. “The effective ban on abortions in Texas not only undermines women’s rights to reproductive health care, but puts their health and safety at greater risk,” he said. “We are deeply concerned about the impact of this law on our employees in the state.”
A few executives have tried to find common ground, encouraging democracy and opposing discrimination while remaining silent about Texas law.
Mr Musk, who said he moved to Texas and invests heavily in the state through Tesla and SpaceX, was among them. “In general, I think the government should seldom impose its will on the people and in doing so should aspire to maximize their cumulative happiness. ” he wrote on Twitter in response to comments from Mr. Abbott. “Having said that, I would rather stay out of politics.”
Houston-based Hewlett Packard Enterprise declined to comment on the ban, but said the company “encourages our team members to engage in the political process where they live and work and to have their voices heard by through advocacy and at the voting booth “.
A company spokesperson added that its medical plan allowed employees to have abortions out of state and would pay for accommodation for such a trip.