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We’re helping employees relocate in response to the Texas abortion ban

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22.09.2021

When Curtis Sparrer, a cofounder and principal of tech PR agency Bospar, learned that a new law had effectively gutted abortion rights in the state of Texas, he felt compelled to take action. Bospar had a remote, distributed workforce well before the pandemic, since the firm was started in 2015. That meant the bill, which outlawed most abortions after six weeks into a pregnancy, could impact a small contingent of his employees who were based in Texas.

Sparrer eventually decided that Bospar would cover relocation costs for anyone who made the decision to leave Texas in response to the abortion ban. Though none of Bospar’s employees have moved just yet, Sparrer says multiple people are planning to or strongly considering doing so. “Our company is about 80% women,” he says. “So selfishly, it makes total business sense for us to say, ‘Hey, if you’re a woman, you should consider working at Bospar because we’ve got your back.’ Growing up in Texas, I didn’t see a lot of companies cheerlead gay rights until it was in their business interests to do so. We’re trying to jumpstart that type of conversation now, when it comes to reproductive health.”

On Tuesday, a number of companies, including Lyft and Box, denounced the bill in a public statement—but even so, many tech companies and some of the largest employers in Texas have stayed silent on the matter. Here, Sparrer explains why he felt it was important for Bospar to take a stand, and what he hopes to see from other employers going forward, especially as other states take cues from Texas and further curtail access to abortion. This........

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