Rideshare service Lyft is promising to cover all legal fees if any driver gets sued for bringing a woman to get an illegal abortion in Texas.
The company also donated $1 million to Planned Parenthood.
Under a new Texas abortion law, a woman cannot terminate her pregnancy after an ultrasound can detect a fetal heartbeat, which can occur as early as six weeks into pregnancy. There is an exemption for cases of medical emergencies.
Instead of being enforced by the government, it will be up to private citizens to sue abortion providers or anyone who aids a woman getting an abortion after the heartbeat has been detected.
As anyone who assists in obtaining an abortion is open to lawsuits, Lyft announced on Friday that they have launched a legal fund for drivers who may get caught up in a suit.
“TX SB8 threatens to punish drivers for getting people where they need to go— especially women exercising their