Two ride sharing companies publicly encouraged employees to disregard Texas’s new pro-life legislation.
Uber and Lyft promise to fully cover legal expenses if their workers are sued for driving a customer to have an illegal abortion procedure.
The Heartbeat Act prohibits terminating pregnancy after an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detected, which usually happens around the six-week mark. The legislation, which took effect on September 1, also includes a private enforcement mechanism. Any concerned citizen can sue abortion service providers that break the law, and people who “aid or abet” them, for a $10,000 reward.
Some left-leaning private enterprises seemingly took this information out of context. They began spreading misinformation that endorses individuals who remotely aid and abet an unlawful abortion patient.
Lyft CEO Logan Green seized on this strange interpretation of the law and vowed to “defend drivers and women’s access to healthcare.”
Green criticized the legislation for threatening to “punish drivers for getting people where they need to go–especially women exercising their right to choose.”
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.— Logan Green (@logangreen) September 3, 2021
The chief executive then admitted his employer supports killing unborn babies, and happily gives away money to at least one pro-choice organization. He also encouraged other employers to do the same with their hard earned profits.
“Lyft is donating $1 million to Planned Parenthood to ensure that transportation is never a barrier to healthcare access,” he said on Twitter. “We encourage other companies to join us.”
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.— Logan Green (@logangreen) September 3, 2021
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi responded to his competitor, and announced his employer would financially support any driver who takes customers to abortion clinics too.
“Team Uber is in too and will cover legal fees in the same way,” Khosrowshahi said on Twitter. “Thanks for the push.”
Right on @logangreen – 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. https://t.co/85LhOUctSc— dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) September 3, 2021
BL understands the chance of a Lyft or Uber driver being sued under the new law is extremely low. Legislative mechanisms in question are designed to punish pro-abortion groups that help women get abortions, profit-oriented doctors and assistants, and other major accomplices across the sector. Those who involuntarily or unknowingly assisted like a driver, whose job is to safely transport passengers to their destinations, are not primary targets.
The legislation aims to defend the right of countless infants to live a full life. About 54,000 unborn babies were aborted across the Lone Star State in 2020. About 85 percent of procedures happened after six weeks of gestation, according to state health data.