Elon Musk declined to influence Texas’ abortion law directly on Thursday after Gov. Greg Abbott said Tesla and SpaceX CEOs supported his state’s “social policies” following the implementation of the severe restrictive measure.
Musk told CNBC in a tweet, “In general, I think government should rarely impose its will on people and in doing so aspires to maximize their cumulative happiness.”
“Having said that, I’d rather stay out of politics,” said Musk, whose companies and private foundations are both expanding their operations in Texas.
Abortion rights advocates and providers say the law came into effect in 1973 in Roe v. Wade reverses the precedent for protection against abortion. President Joe Biden and other members of his administration, as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Cal., Have sworn. Take action after the Supreme Court refused to prevent the law from coming into force.
Earlier Thursday, Abbott told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” that the new law and other politically divisive social issues laws will not make his state less attractive to businesses or individuals.
“You have to understand that there are a lot of businesses and a lot of Americans who like the social positions taken by the state of Texas,” Abbott said.
“It doesn’t slow down businesses entering the state of Texas at all. In fact, it speeds up the process of getting businesses into Texas, ”Abbott said.
He added that Musk “had to leave California as part of California social policies, and Elon constantly tells me he likes Texas state social policies.”
Musk personally left California for Texas last year, saving him billions of dollars in taxes. He did not share his views on the “heartbeat” abortion law, which gives any private citizen the right to sue anyone who is most likely “aids and encourages” abortion.
Musk has historically shown little reluctance to weigh in on political issues.
For example, in early 2020, amid the first waves of the pandemic, Musk lashed out against government stay-at-home orders, calling him a “fascist” in an outrageous rant when calling for the results of the Tesla’s first quarter of 2020.
Under his leadership, Tesla then filed and ultimately withdrew the lawsuit against Alameda County in California, saying his health orders contradicted the state’s policy on business closures.
According to politics money tracker OpenSecrets.org, Musk donated last year to three Republican anti-abortion lawmakers and four Democratic lawmakers who support abortion rights, each donating $ 2,800.
Tesla and SpaceX both have major operations in Texas. Tesla is currently building its second US auto plant outside of Austin. And SpaceX has been operating in the state since 2003.
Musk said on March 31 that the company needed to hire more than 10,000 people by 2022 for the new plant operating in Texas.
Tesla is still headquartered in Palo Alto, California, and Tesla operates its first car assembly plant in the United States in Fremont. But last May, Musk threatened to move that headquarters and future developments to Texas and Nevada to protest pandemic restrictions in the Golden State.