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Protesters outside the Texas state capitol on May 29 in Austin, Texas. Photo: Sergio Flores/Getty Images

The CEO of Match Group in an internal memo to staff on Wednesday said that she is creating a fund for Texas-based employees that will "help cover the additional costs incurred" if they need to seek care outside of Texas due to the new abortion ban.

Driving the news: The Texas abortion ban, which went into effect Wednesday, is the most restrictive abortion law allowed to be enforced since the 1973 landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. It could add a significant amount of travel time and expenses for some people in Texas seeking abortions.

  • The law bans all abortions, including in cases of rape and incest, after the detection of cardiac activity, which is usually around six weeks — before many people know they are pregnant.
  • It also allows individuals to sue anyone suspected of helping a woman obtain an abortion — and awards at least $10,000 to people who do so successfully.

The big picture: Match Group, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, owns and operates the largest global portfolio of popular online dating services including Tinder, Match.com and Hinge, among others, per the company's website.

  • The fund will also help cover costs for dependents, CEO Shar Dubey said in an internal memo shared with Axios.

What she's saying: Dubey in the memo said that the Texas law "is so regressive to the cause of women’s rights that I felt compelled to speak publicly."

  • "I immigrated to America from India over 25 years ago and I have to say, as a Texas resident, I am shocked that I now live in a state where women’s reproductive laws are more regressive than most of the world, including India," she added.
  • "I’m not speaking about this as the CEO of a company. I’m speaking about this personally, as a mother and a woman who has fervently cared about women’s rights, including the very fundamental right of choice over her body — this is a very sad day."

Go deeper: Supreme Court allows Texas abortion ban to remain in place

Editor's note: This story's headline has been updated to clarify that the CEO of Match Group is creating a fund, not the company.

Go deeper

What SCOTUS' docket means for Arkansas

Data: Myers Abortion Facility Database on OSF; Map: Thomas Oide/Axios

A law enacted in 2019 would make abortions illegal in Arkansas if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Driving the news: The nation's high court heard oral arguments yesterday in a case involving a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

The Supreme Court's abortion showdown arrives

Protesters gather at the Supreme Court during arguments about the Texas abortion law Nov. 1. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

The Supreme Court will debate today whether to overturn Roe v. Wade, and neither side is trying to lower the stakes — or to make today’s case anything less than a referendum on Roe’s very survival.

The big picture: Conventional wisdom, on both the left and right, says the court is likely to chip away at abortion rights without overturning its precedents outright. But neither side has spent much time trying to help the justices thread that needle.

Linh Ta, author of Des Moines
Dec 2, 2021 - Axios Des Moines

How SCOTUS' ruling on Mississippi abortion case would impact Iowa

Data: Myers Abortion Facility Database on OSF; Map: Thomas Oide/Axios

Abortion will remain legal in Iowa if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, but access to nearby abortion clinics may become more difficult for western Iowans.

Driving the news: The nation's high court heard oral arguments Wednesday in a case involving a Mississippi law that would ban most abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.