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Match CEO and Bumble create relief funds for employees affected by Texas abortion law

Bumble, based in Austin, said it was creating a relief fund supporting people seeking abortions in the state.
/ Source: CNBC.com

Companies behind the U.S.’s largest dating apps are reacting to Texas’ restrictive abortion law that was allowed to go into effect this week by the Supreme Court.

Bumble, based in Austin, said it was creating a relief fund supporting people seeking abortions in the state.

“The company generally does not take political stands unless it is relevant to our business. But in this instance, I personally, as a woman in Texas, could not keep silent."

“Bumble is women-founded and women-led, and from day one we’ve stood up for the most vulnerable. We’ll keep fighting against regressive laws like #SB8,” the company said in a tweet, referring to the legislation signed in May by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. The law bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, a time period before many women have even discovered they’re pregnant.

A Bumble spokesperson declined to comment.

Match Group CEO Shar Dubey also announced in a memo to employees that she would personally create a fund to support Texas-based workers and dependents who needed to seek care outside of the state, a company spokesperson confirmed to CNBC.

Match, based in Dallas, owns a bevy of dating companies, including its namesake app Match along with Hinge, Tinder and OKCupid.

“As I have said before, the company generally does not take political stands unless it is relevant to our business. But in this instance, I personally, as a woman in Texas, could not keep silent,” Dubey said in the memo.

“Surely everyone should see the danger of this highly punitive and unfair law that doesn’t even make an exception for victims of rape or incest. I would hate for our state to take this big step back in women’s rights,” she added.

Elon Musk on Thursday declined to weigh in directly on Texas’ abortion law after Gov. Greg Abbott said the Tesla and SpaceX CEO supported his state’s “social policies” following the implementation of the harshly restrictive measure.

“In general, I believe government should rarely impose its will upon the people, and, when doing so, should aspire to maximize their cumulative happiness,” Musk told CNBC in a tweet.

“That said, I would prefer to stay out of politics,” said Musk, whose companies and private foundation are both growing their operations in Texas.

Musk personally moved to Texas from California last year, which could save him billions of dollars in taxes. He had not shared his thoughts on the “heartbeat” abortion law, which also empowers any private citizens to sue anyone who “aids and abets” most abortions.

Bloomberg first reported of Dubey’s memo.