Three large companies have announced that they will take their own measures to defend their customers against the controversial new abortion law in Texas. Namely, the two hailing companies Uber and Lyft have announced that they will cover the legal fees of their drivers who are sued under the new Texas law.
The new law lets private citizens sue anyone who helps someone get an abortion, including someone giving a ride to a clinic.
A ‘bounty’ of $10,000 will be placed on abortion providers, and anyone else who helps an individual get an abortion past the six weeks of pregnancy.
This is what Lyft CEO Logan Green said of the new law:
“Drivers are never responsible for monitoring where their riders go or why. Imagine being a driver and not knowing if you are breaking the law by giving someone a ride. Similarly, riders never have to justify, or even share, where they are going and why. Imagine being a pregnant woman trying to get to a healthcare appointment and not knowing if your driver will cancel on you for fear of breaking a law. Both are completely unacceptable.”
On top of that, Green added that the new law was ‘an attack on women’s access to healthcare and their right to choose’, and announced that Lyft is donating $1 million to Planned Parenthood.
Uber also said that it would cover the legal fees of drivers much the Lyft was planning to do. Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said, “Team Uber is in too and will cover legal fees in the same way. Thanks for the push,” he wrote, quote tweeting Lyft’s driver defense fund. The state of Texas had also created a website encouraging people to report violators of the law. GoDaddy has informed Texas that it cannot host the website and gave the state 24 hours to find a new host for the website, citing violation of their terms of service. The website created by Texas Right to Life is now defunct. Texas Right to Life spokeswoman Kimberlyn Schwartz confirmed that they were “already in process of transferring our assets to another provider” and said site would be up and running in 24 to 48 hours.
The new TX law #SB8 is incompatible with people’s basic rights to privacy, our community guidelines, the spirit of rideshare, and our values as a company. A message from our founders: https://t.co/nG3OV1XSVt
— Lyft (@lyft) September 3, 2021
Uber also announced that they will cover the legal fees of drivers. This is what Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said:
“Team Uber is in too and will cover legal fees in the same way. Thanks for the push,”
The web hosting company GoDaddy announced that they cannot host the Texas website and gave the state 24 hours to find a new host because it violates their terms of service. The Texas Right to Life website is now defunct.
Much attention has rightly condemned the Texan Ban for making no exception for rape or incest. But also, SB8 makes no exception for miscarriage—which impacts ~15% of all pregnancies before 20 weeks.
This is a #TexasWarOnWomen & shame on SCOTUS for refusing to protect women.
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) September 5, 2021