Lyft will cowl authorized charges for drivers sued underneath Texas abortion regulation
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The regulation bans most abortions after six weeks of being pregnant, a time interval earlier than many ladies have even found they’re pregnant.
Sufferers is probably not sued, however individuals aiding the process, together with docs, individuals paying for the process and clinic staff are in danger. That features rideshare drivers who could be punished for transporting girls to clinics to obtain abortions, the place they could possibly be fined $10,000.
“Drivers are by no means chargeable for monitoring the place their riders go or why. Think about being a driver and never understanding if you’re breaking the regulation by giving somebody a trip,” the corporate mentioned in a launch. “Equally, riders by no means need to justify, and even share, the place they’re going and why. Think about being a pregnant girl making an attempt to get to a healthcare appointment and never understanding in case your driver will cancel on you for concern of breaking a regulation. Each are utterly unacceptable.”
It is the primary rideshare firm to talk out on the problem. Uber, Lyft’s predominant competitor, didn’t reply to CNBC’s requests for remark this week.
“That is an assault on girls’s entry to healthcare and on their proper to decide on,” Lyft CEO Logan Inexperienced mentioned in a tweet Friday. Abortion rights activists and suppliers argue the regulation successfully overturns protections set underneath Roe v. Wade in 1973.
Lyft mentioned its protection fund would cowl 100% of authorized charges incurred by drivers due to the regulation. The corporate may also donate $1 million to Deliberate Parenthood.
“TX SB8 threatens to punish drivers for getting individuals the place they should go— particularly girls exercising their proper to decide on,” Inexperienced mentioned within the tweet.
Firms have been comparatively silent to date on the matter. Texas-based courting firms Bumble and Match’s CEO Shar Dubey responded to the measure Thursday, every asserting reduction funds.
“Certainly everybody ought to see the hazard of this extremely punitive and unfair regulation that does not even make an exception for victims of rape or incest. I might hate for our state to take this large step again in girls’s rights,” Dubey wrote in a memo to workers this week.
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