Lyft, Uber will cover the legal costs for drivers sued under Texas Abortion Act


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Elevator i Uber he said Friday that he would cover legal fees for drivers on their platforms who are being sued under Texas’ restrictive abortion law, which went into effect this week.

The law prohibits most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, which is the period before many women even found out they were pregnant.

Patients may not sue, but people who help with the procedure are at risk, including doctors, people who pay for the procedure, and clinic workers. This includes drivers who share a ride and who can be fined for transporting women to abortion clinics, where they could be fined $ 10,000.

“Drivers are never responsible for monitoring where and why their drivers are going. Imagine you are a driver and you don’t know if you’re breaking the law by giving someone transportation,” Lyft it was said in a statement.

Passengers fly to Lyft Airport at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on August 20, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

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“Similarly, riders never have to justify or even share where they are going and why. Imagine you are a pregnant woman trying to get a medical examination and doesn’t know if your driver will cancel you for fear of breaking the law. Both are completely unacceptable. “, added Lyft.

Abortion activists and providers argue that the law effectively nullifies the protections set out in Roe v. Wade in 1973.

Lyft said its defense fund will cover 100% of the legal fees drivers have due to the law, making it the first company to do so. The company will also donate one million dollars for planned parenting.

Uber said shortly afterwards that it would also cover the fees.

“Drivers should not be at risk of getting people where they want to go. The team is also Uber that will cover legal costs in the same way. Thank you for pushing,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted.

Corporations have so far been relatively silent on the issue. Texas dating companies Bumble i MatchingCEO Shar Dubey responded to the measure Thursday, each announces funds for assistance.

“Surely everyone should see the danger of this highly punishable and unfair law that is not even an exception for rape or incest victims. I would not like our state to take this big step back in women’s rights,” Dubey wrote in a letter to employees this week.

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