According to a new statement from the two biggest ride-sharing companies, Uber and Lyft, the businesses have committed to pay any legal fees that their drivers might get sued under Texas’ latest anti-abortion law .
The controversial law was recently signed by the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, and bans abortions of fetuses over six weeks, with no exceptions. This is a controversial law for many reasons, one of them being that a large number of women don’t even know they’re pregnant before six weeks. Additionally, according to this law, private citizens across Texas can also sue others if they help people trying to get an abortion past that six-week mark, including people who drive prenant individuals to get an abortion , anyone paying for the abortion, as well as the clinics providing them.
According to Lyft’s co-founder and CEO, Logan Green, the law is an attack on women’s right to choose and their access to healthcare, which is why he’s decided to create a legal defense fund for the drivers. With the help of the fund, the company would be able to completely cover any legal fees a driver accrues if they get sued under this new, controversial law. Furthermore, the company would also be donating $1 million to Planned Parenthood because of the law.
Shortly after the statements from Lyft and its CEO, the CEO of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, also shared a statement on Twitter, announcing that Uber would be following in the footsteps of Lyft. According to the CEO, drivers shouldn’t be at risk for where they’re driving passengers, which is why Uber would also be covering any legal fees for their own drivers.
Aside from these two corporations, Match Group, the owner of Tinder, as well as the online dating application Bumble, announced that they both be creating a relief fund for all women who seek abortions. Although the CEO of Match Group doesn’t usually make any political statements unless they’re relevant to the business, given that the company has headquarters in Texas, this was a relevant issue.
There was also a significant amount of public pressure on all companies that have business in Texas to take action and move their businesses elsewhere after the controversial conservative law was announced. However, many companies so far have announced other measures in reaction n, such as those announced by Uber, Lyft, Tinder, and Match.
This is one efficient way that companies could stand in support for their consumers when governments around the world introduce restrictive regulations or laws. These types of actions from businesses not only help in maintaining a positive brand reputation with both the general public and with consumers, but they are also a helpful way for companies to show how they stand with and help their employees at the same time. Furthermore, a number of consumers around the US have started asking for brands and corporations to take action on issues that are relevant to them, instead of only being silent or reactive.