Taxi apps Uber and Lyft are going to assist drivers sued for the very strict abortion law in the U.S. state of Texas. Women in Texas are not allowed to end their pregnancy after six weeks since Wednesday. Anyone can legally hold a woman who violates this law or someone who helped her, such as a taxi driver, liable.
The person gets a $10,000 bonus in a conviction. Family members, healthcare staff or receptionists from a clinic may also be subject to a report from people they don‘t know at all.
This is an attack on women’s access to healthcare and their right to choose,” Lyft‘s top man Logan Green wrote on Twitter. He has set up a fund to cover legal costs for drivers charged with transporting women to an abortion clinic.
Uber top man Dara Khosrowshahi responded to Green’s message and said Uber will do the same. Green also announced that Lyft will donate $1 million to Planned Parenthood, a health organization that runs abortion clinics among others.
U.S. President Joe Biden has commissioned his government to find out what the federal government can do to ensure that Texas women have access to a safe and legal abortion. He also looks at ways in which women and abortion clinics can bypass the “bizarre and extreme” law.