Lyft and Uber said Friday they would cover legal fees for drivers of their respective platforms that are sued under the restrictive Texas abortion law that went into effect this week.
The law prohibits most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, a period before many women have discovered they are pregnant.
Patients cannot be sued, but people who help with the procedure, including doctors, people who pay for the procedure, and clinic workers, are at risk. This includes car drivers who can be punished for transporting women to clinics to receive abortions, where they could receive a $ 10,000 fine.
“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.
Air travelers walk to a Lyft pickup area at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on August 20, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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“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 out of fear of breaking a law. Both are completely unacceptable, “Lyft added.
Activists and abortion rights providers argue that the law effectively overturns the protections established under Roe against Wade in 1973.
Lyft said its defense fund would cover 100% of the legal fees incurred by drivers due to the law, being the first company to share carpools. The company will also donate $ 1 million to Planned Parenthood.
In short, Uber said it would also cover the fees.
“Drivers shouldn’t be put in danger to take people where they want to go. The Uber team is there too and will cover legal fees in the same way. Thank you for the push,” said Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber, in a tweet.
So far companies have been relatively quiet about it. Shar Dubey, CEO of Texas dating companies Bumble and Match, responded to the measure on Thursday, announcing each of them aid funds.
“Surely everyone should see the danger of this highly punitive and unjust law that does not even make an exception for victims of rape or incest. I would not like our state to take this big step back in the rights of women. women, ”Dubey wrote in a note to employees this week.
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