Elon Musk has declined to comment on Texas restrictive new abortion law after Governor Greg Abbott said that the tech magnate supported the state’s social policies.
On Thursday, Greg Abbott appeared on CNBC and insisted that companies would not quit the state over the controversial new law, which bans abortions once a heartbeat can be detected, typically about six weeks.
He said that Elon Musk had to get out of California because in part of the social policies in California and that Elon consistently told him that he preferred the social policies in the state of Texas.
The Tesla and SpaceX CEO, who moved from California to Texas last year, later tweeted a response to a clip of the interview but stopped short of commenting directly on the law.
Elon Musk wrote that in general, he believed that government should rarely force its will upon people, and, when doing so, should try to maximise their cumulative happiness, but he stated, he would prefer to stay out of politics.
Texas new abortion law is the most restrictive reproductive rights law in the country.
The law, known as the Texas Heartbeat Act, bans abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, before many women even know they’re pregnant.
It makes no exemptions for rape or incest and allows Texans to report people, including Uber drivers, who help or take women to get abortions. The only exception is if there’s a danger to the woman’s health.
In an extremely unique twist, enforcement will be done by private citizens, who can sue anyone they believe is breaking the law.
Greg Abbott spoke with CNBC on Thursday, insisting that the law, which comes along with a recent set of polarising bills, will not drive business away from Texas.
Greg Abbott said that it needs to be noted that there’s a lot of business and a lot of Americans who like the social positions that the state of Texas is taking.
He maintained, that this was not slowing down businesses coming to the state of Texas at all and that in fact, it was accelerating the process of businesses coming to Texas.
Elon Musk has already started expanding his operations in his new home state, and the move from California is expected to save him billions of dollars in taxes as Texas has no personal income tax.
Men and governments shouldn’t be entitled to an opinion on abortion – if you don’t want an abortion, then don’t – if you do, then that’s up to the woman, it’s her body!
And I bet it was a group of men that voted on this legislation. But of course, this is Texas, the land of primitive thinking, and women should always have the final say with their own bodies.
Elon Musk is a smart man staying out of politics, but then why should he comment on anything political, he runs businesses, not the government.
Spineless politicians are sinking the nation and then they call it progress, but entrepreneurs succeed, and raise the nation out of debt.
Now we have a bounty hunter squad, but where do you draw the line with abortion? But hey, no uterus, no opinion, and Elon Musk must know that too.
And the general population shouldn’t be used to promote this anti-abortion agenda, which is nuts, especially when the law doesn’t take into account rape or incest, that’s just inhumane.