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Applications Lyft and Uber announced that they will cover all legal fees of any of their drivers who are sued under the new Texas abortion restrictive law.
The law, which went into effect this week, bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. It allows private citizens to sue anyone who helps someone get an abortion, even by providing a trip to a clinic. These are concerns about the fact that drivers requesting trips may be sued simply for passenger transportation.
“Drivers are never responsible for controlling where their drivers are going or why. Imagine being a driver and not knowing if you are breaking the law by taking a step away from someone,” Lyft said in a statement Friday.
“In the same way, pilots should never justify, or even share, where they are going and why. Imagine being a pregnant woman trying to get to a health appointment and not knowing if your driver is canceling you. he will be afraid to break a law. Both are completely unacceptable. ”
The statement was signed by Lyft CEO Logan Green, President John Zimmer and Attorney General Kristin Sverchek.
Green described the law on Twitter as “an attack on women’s access to health care and their right to choose.”
He said Lyft is also donating $ 1 million to Planned Parenthood “to ensure transportation is never a barrier to access to health care.”
Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber he said on Twitter that Uber would follow Lyft’s leadership.
“The @Uber team is there too and will cover the legal fees in the same way. Thank you for the push,” he wrote, citing Green’s announcement about Lyft’s driver defense fund.
Texas-based dating app Bumble said this week that it creates a fund to support reproductive rights and help people seeking abortions in the state. The CEO of Match, which owns dating apps such as Tinder and is also based in Texas, said she would personally create a fund to help employees and their dependents affected by the law.