Ride sharing companies Uber and Lyft promised Friday to pay the legal fees for any of its employees if they are sued for driving a customer to have an illegal abortion under the new Texas heartbeat law.
The pro-life law went into effect Wednesday, prohibiting abortions once an unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, about six weeks of pregnancy. Unique from other heartbeat laws, the Texas law includes a private enforcement mechanism that allows people to file lawsuits against abortionists who violate the law and those who help them.
Abortion activists have been fearmongering about the private enforcement mechanism, claiming that anyone who helps with an abortion – even in a very remote way, such as giving a woman a ride to the abortion facility – is at risk of being sued.
In response, Uber and Lyft announced that their defense funds will cover 100% of their drivers’ legal fees if they are sued under the new pro-life aw, CNBC reports.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said on Twitter that Uber would support any drivers taking customers to kill babies.
“Team @Uber is in too and will cover legal fees in the same way. Thanks for the push,” he wrote, quoting a statement from Lyft.
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Lyft also promised to donate $1 million to the billion-dollar abortion chain Planned Parenthood, which aborted more than 350,000 unborn babies last year.
Lyft CEO Logan Green claimed the Texas law “threatens to punish drivers for getting people where they need to go – especially women exercising their right to choose.”
“This is an attack on women’s access to healthcare and on their right to choose,” Green wrote on Twitter.
The likelihood of a Lyft driver being sued under the new law is extremely small. The intent of the lawsuit mechanism in the heartbeat law is to punish abortionists who kill unborn babies and pro-abortion groups that actively work to help women get abortions.
The heartbeat law has the potential to save tens of thousands of babies from abortion. In 2020, about 54,000 unborn babies were aborted in Texas, and about 85 percent happened after six weeks of pregnancy, according to state health statistics. That means more than 100 unborn babies with beating hearts may be spared from abortion every single day in Texas.
On Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused a request from Planned Parenthood and other abortion groups to temporarily block enforcement of the law. As a result, Texas became the first state to be allowed to enforce a heartbeat law.
Whether the Texas law will remain in effect or ultimately be upheld as constitutional in court remains uncertain, but pro-life leaders are hopeful now that the Supreme Court has a conservative majority.
Meanwhile, pro-life advocates are reaching out to pregnant women across Texas with compassion and understanding, offering resources and emotional support to help them and their babies. Earlier this year, state lawmakers increased support for pregnant and parenting mothers and babies, ensuring that they have resources to choose life for their babies.
Women may call or text 1-800-712-4357 or chat online with OptionLine, a 24-hour bilingual hotline run by Heartbeat International that has helped connect millions of women to pregnancy and parenting resources.