Aligning with abortion advocates across America, numerous major US corporations are lobbying against the pro-life Texas legislation that essentially bans abortions after hearts are detectable and allows private citizens to sue abortion providers as well as anyone "aiding and abetting" the procedure.
Logan Green, the CEO of Lyft, tweeted in support of rideshare drivers who take women to abortion clinics and stated that the company will back a defense fund:
Uber's CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, tweeted in response to Green's tweet, uniting Uber in a similar coverage scheme and saying "thanks for the push."
Since the new law places the onus on Texan citizens to sue suspects for "aiding and abetting" in the performance of abortions once the pregnancy passes the roughly six-week mark, the concern is that rideshare drivers may be sued for driving someone to get an abortion, despite having no knowledge of such.
According to CNBC, a rideshare driver could be held liable for up to $10,000 if prosecuted for helping a woman in the process of getting an abortion.
As outlined by Lyft in its announcement, the company's Driver Legal Defense Fund is slated to cover all the legal fees for any driver sued under the Texas heartbeat law. "Riders and Drivers: Nothing about how you drive, ride or interact with each other should change," Lyft stated via press release on the matter.
The CEO's of dating apps Tinder and Bumble took things one step further, saying that the companies were setting up separate legal funds which would allow Texas-based employees of the corporations to get an abortion in another state.
Shar Dubey, the CEO of Match (Tinder's parent company, headquartered in Dallas) stated, "The company generally does not take political stands unless it is relevant to our business. But in this instance, I personally, as a woman in Texas, could not keep silent," according to Reuters.
Also, GoDaddy, the seemingly-ubiquitous web domain hosting service, got into the fray, terminating its agreement to host a website called prolifewhistleblower.com used for Texas residents to report clandestine abortions.
Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon, in response, donated $20,000 to Texas Right for Life, the pro-life group responsible for the whistleblowing website.