Uber and Lyft have agreed to cover legal fees should their drivers be sued under Oklahoma’s restrictive abortion bill, according to a report from CNBC. While the bill has yet to become law, Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt is expected to sign it into law in the coming days.
On Friday, passed the oklahoma house Law of the heartbeat (SB 1503), a law that bans abortions around six weeks of pregnancy, long before many women realize they are pregnant, and now awaits Governor Stitt’s signature. like a resemblance Recently passed anti-abortion law in Texas, the Oklahoma bill also gives people the right to sue someone who “aides or abets the performance or induction of an abortion.” This includes the clinic that performs the procedure, as well as the person who brings the woman to the medical building.
Lyft and Uber said they would cover drivers’ legal fees after Texas passed its anti-abortion law in September, and now they’re doing the same for drivers in Oklahoma. Shortly after the bill passed the Oklahoma legislature, Lyft CEO Logan Green announced on Twitter that the company “will cover 100 percent of the legal fees” of the drivers sued under the upcoming law.
“Women’s access to health care is under attack again, this time in Oklahoma,” Green said in a tweet. “Lyft drivers once again get caught in the middle just to get people where they need to go. We believe that transportation should not be a barrier to accessing health care and it is our duty to support our rider and driver communities.”
Green also said the company is “working with healthcare provider partners to create a secure statewide program” that will cover the cost of travel for people seeking out-of-state abortion services. Additionally, Lyft says it will cover travel costs for insured Lyft drivers in the US who need to travel more than 100 miles to an abortion clinic.
Although not yet announced on Uber’s public channels, the company confirmed to CNBC that it plans to enact a similar policy. “As in TX, we intend to cover all legal fees of any driver sued under this law while he is driving,” an Uber spokesperson said in a statement to CNBC. It’s unclear whether Uber also plans to cover travel expenses for drivers or passengers traveling for an abortion. the edge He reached out to Uber with a request for comment but did not immediately hear back.
Earlier this month, Yelp announced that it would cover travel expenses if employees (or their spouses) need to travel out of state for an abortion procedure. Salesforce also offered to help employees relocate. if they are concerned about access to abortion in their state, while those in Texas Bumble and Match Group created a relief fund for women affected by the Texas anti-abortion law.