Texas anti-abortion law says even the drivers who drive someone to get an abortion can be sued.
Lyft and Uber are planning to pay the fee of their drivers who are being sued under the new Texas anti-abortion law because the law states that even the drivers who brought passengers to get abortions can be sued.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the new “Controversial” law and bans abortion after six of pregnancy (normal women don’t even know about their pregnancy in this period). This new law empowers Texas citizens to sue anyone who is involved in the whole procedure directly or indirectly. A citizen who pays, drives, and medical staff all are to be considers involve in the procedure.
“This is an attack on women’s access to healthcare and on their right to choose,” says Lyft co-founder and CEO Logan Green in a tweet on Friday afternoon.
Soon after this tweet, Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said that his company [Uber] will follow Lyft in the issue. “[D]rivers shouldn’t be put at risk for getting people to where they want to go,” Dara says, Uber “will cover legal fees in the same way,” he said, quoting Green’s tweet. “Thanks for the push.”
This [Uber’s and Lyft’s announcement] came shortly after the Bumble and Match Group – Tinder’s parent company announced a relief fund for the women seeking an abortion.
“[Match group]generally does not take political stands unless it is relevant to our business. But in this instance, I personally, as a woman in Texas, could not keep silent.”
-Match’s CEO to Reuters.
Evan Green, director of the digital rights group Fight for the Future said to Protocol this week that due to this law regulators also put pressure on companies to provide the data to find out the citizens who helped someone with abortion.