Lyft and Uber will pay drivers’ legal fees if sued under Texas abortion law: NPR
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Ridesharing apps Lyft and Uber have said they will cover all legal fees for one of their drivers sued under Texas’ restrictive new abortion law.
The law, which came into effect this week, prohibits abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. It allows individuals to sue anyone who helps someone get an abortion, including accompanying them to a clinic. This has raised concerns that carpool drivers could be prosecuted simply for carrying passengers.
“Drivers are never responsible for monitoring where their drivers are going or why. Imagine being a driver and not knowing if you are breaking the law by having someone drive,” Lyft said in a statement Friday.
Likewise, drivers never have to justify, or even share, where they are going and why. Imagine being a pregnant woman trying to get to a medical appointment and not knowing if your driver will cancel you out of fear. to break a law. Both are totally unacceptable. ”
The statement was signed by Lyft CEO Logan Green, Chairman John Zimmer and General Counsel Kristin Sverchek.
Green described the law on Twitter as “an attack on women’s access to health care and against their right to choose”.
He said Lyft is also donating $ 1 million to Planned Parenthood “to ensure transportation is never a barrier to accessing health care.”
Dara Khosrowshahi, CEO of Uber said on twitter that Uber would follow Lyft’s lead.
“The @Uber team is also there and will cover legal fees in the same way. Thanks for the push,” he wrote, citing Green’s announcement from Lyft’s Driver Defense Fund.
Texas-based dating app Bumble said this week it is setting up a fund to support reproductive rights and help those seeking abortions in the state. The CEO of Match, which owns dating apps including Tinder and is also based in Texas, said she would personally create a fund to help employees and their dependents who are affected by the law.