By: Kelton Brooks
Lyft and Uber will pay legal fees for any driver who gets sued under Texas’ anti-abortion law.
The anti-abortion law, which went into effect on Sept. 1, bans abortions when cardiac activity is detected from the fetus. The period of cardiac activity is six weeks, which is often before most women know they are pregnant.
Lawyers for abortion clinics asked the U.S. Supreme Court Justices to block the law. The law also allows the ability to sue someone if they aid a woman in an abortion. A successful lawsuit against an abortion provider under this new law could be awarded at least $10,000.
“This is an attack on women’s access to healthcare and on their right to choose,” said Lyft co-founder and CEO Logan Green.
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
Green said Lyft is in the process of creating a “driver legal defense fund.” The fund will cover 100% of legal fees if drivers on their platform get sued under the new law. He said Lyft is also donating $1 million to Planned Parenthood to “ensure that transportation is never a barrier to healthcare access.”
A Texas judge granted a temporary restraining order against an anti-abortion group, preventing it from suing Planned Parenthood.
“We are relieved that the Travis County district court has acted quickly to grant this restraining order against Texas Right to Life and anyone working with them as deputized enforces of this draconian law,” Helene Krasnoff of Planned Parenthood Federation of America said. “This restraining order offers protection to the brave health care providers and staff at Planned Parenthood health centers throughout Texas, who have continued to offer care as best they can within the law while facing surveillance, harassment, and threats from vigilantes eager to stop them.”