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Lyft and Uber Commit to Protecting Drivers Who Get Sued by Texas Vigilantes

Lyft and Uber Commit to Protecting Drivers Who Get Sued by Texas Vigilantes

Rideshare giant Lyft announced on Friday that it is establishing a defense fund to cover the costs for drivers who fall into the crosshairs of the insane new abortion ban in Texas.

The Texas Heartbeat Act, or Senate Bill 8, permits vigilantes to sue anyone – even total strangers – that they suspect are “aiding and abetting” an individual seeking an abortion.

“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,” Lyft posted to Twitter.

Chief Executive Officer Logan Green explained further in a subsequent series of tweets.

“TX SB8 threatens to punish drivers for getting people where they need to go— especially women exercising their right to choose. Lyft has created a Driver Legal Defense Fund to cover 100% of legal fees for drivers sued under SB8 while driving on our platform,” he said.

“This is an attack on women’s access to healthcare and on their right to choose. Lyft is donating $1 million to Planned Parenthood to ensure that transportation is never a barrier to healthcare access. We encourage other companies to join us,” Green continued. “If you feel compelled to join us as an individual, Planned Parenthood is accepting donations to further this work. weareplannedparenthood.org.”

Dara Khosrowshahi, the head of Uber, Lyft’s most formidable competitor, followed suit and praised Green for taking the initiative.

Right on Logan Green – 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.

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