Lyft to cover legal fees for drivers sued under Texas abortion law

Lyft to cover legal fees for drivers sued under Texas abortion law

Air travelers proceed to a Lyft pickup area at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on August 20, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

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Lyft said Friday it would cover legal fees for drivers on its platform who are being sued under Texas’ restrictive abortion law that went into effect this week.

Most abortions are prohibited by law after six weeks of pregnancy, before many women find out they are pregnant.

Patients cannot be prosecuted, but those who help with the process, including doctors, drivers and clinic staff, are in danger. This includes carpool drivers who could be punished for taking women to clinics for abortions, where they could be fined $ 10,000.

“This is an attack on women’s access to health care and their right to choose,” Lyft CEO Logan Green said in a tweet on Friday.

It is the first carpooling company to speak out on the issue. Lyft’s main competitor, Uber, did not respond to CNBC’s requests for comment this week.

Lyft has said its defense fund will cover 100% of legal fees incurred by drivers as a result of the law. The company will also donate $ 1 million to Planned Parenthood.

“TX SB8 threatens to penalize drivers who get people where they need to go, especially women exercising their right to choose,” Green said in the tweet.

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