Ridesharing and Dating Apps Oppose New Texas Abortion Law

Several tech companies recently expressed opposition to Texas’ new abortion law. Following the law that prohibits women from having abortions once a fetal heartbeat is found, several corporations are taking steps to limit abortion whistleblowers or support women who chose to have an abortion. San Francisco-based ridesharing apps, Lyft and Uber, announced new offers to cover the legal fees of drivers if they are sued as a result of the new law that allows citizens to file suit against anyone aiding an abortion.

Lyft co-founders Logan Green and John Zimmer and Lyft General Counsel Kristin Sverchek issued a statement saying that the law “threatens to punish drivers for getting people where they need to go – specifically, women exercising their right to choose and to access the healthcare they need.”

They continued, “We want to be clear: 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.” The statement concludes with a link to donate directly to Planned Parenthood.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted in response to Lyft’s announcement, saying, “drivers shouldn’t be put at risk for getting people where they want to go. Team [Uber] is in too and will cover legal fees in the same way. Thanks for the push.”

Texas-based online dating apps Match and Bumble also criticized the new law. Match CEO Shar Dubey sent a letter to employees announcing that a fund had been set up to help employees get abortions outside of the state. Competing dating app, Bumble took to Instagram to announce they also created a fund to support several pro-abortion organizations. The post reads, “Starting today, Bumble has created a relief fund supporting the reproductive rights of women and people across the gender spectrum who seek abortions in Texas.” They included links to 6 organizations that support “women’s reproductive rights.”

GoDaddy terminated service for Prolifewhistleblower.com, a website run by an anti-abortion group, Texas Right to Life that allowed people to report infractions of the new law. A GoDaddy representative stated, “Last night we informed prolifewhistleblower.com they have violated GoDaddy’s terms of service and have 24 hours to move to a different provider.” The move came after the company received a barrage of criticism from pro-abortion advocates.

Similar corporate pushback occurred following Georgia’s Election Integrity Act, which requires voter ID. The new Texas law went into effect after the Supreme Court rejected an emergency appeal by abortion doctors. It is the most significant restriction on abortion in decades.

 

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