Texas Law -- Lyft -- Planned Parenthood -- $1,000,000
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As the Texas Heartbeat Law went into effect last week, the wording of the law appears to say that a person driving a woman to the abortion facility could be sued for helping the woman get the abortion.

This was of immediate concern to rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber.

Lyft was first with a public announcement of public support for its drivers, but it did more than that. Lyft also made it clear that it supports the killing of preborn children through abortion, and it financially supports the nation’s largest abortion chain.

In its official announcement (see below), Lyft said it would be donating a million dollars to Planned Parenthood. Not only that, but it provided a link so all who receive or read the Lyft statement are encouraged to also donate to Planned Parenthood!

In addition, both Lyft and Uber said they would be setting up a fund to pay drivers’ legal expenses if they are sued.

While protecting their drivers from lawsuits can certainly be considered part of the normal operation of ridesharing services, specific donations to Planned Parenthood are not. 

Lyft official statement:

Following the passage of Texas SB8 we're sending the following message to drivers and riders in the Lyft community.

Dear Lyft Riders and Drivers, 

A new Texas law, SB8, threatens to punish drivers for getting people where they need to go — specifically, women exercising their right to choose and to access the healthcare they need. 

We want to be clear: Drivers are never responsible for monitoring where their riders go or why. Imagine being a driver and not knowing if you are breaking the law by giving someone a ride. Similarly, riders never have to justify, or even share, where they are going and why. Imagine being a pregnant woman trying to get to a healthcare appointment and not knowing if your driver will cancel on you for fear of breaking a law. Both are completely unacceptable.

This law is incompatible with people’s basic rights to privacy, our community guidelines, the spirit of rideshare, and our values as a company. We are taking action on two fronts:

  1. Lyft has created a Driver Legal Defense Fund to cover 100% of legal fees for drivers sued under SB8 while driving on our platform. Riders and Drivers: Nothing about how you drive, ride or interact with each other should change.
  2. TX SB8 is an attack on women’s right to choose. Lyft is donating $1 million to Planned Parenthood to help ensure that transportation is never a barrier to healthcare access.

If you feel compelled to join us as an individual, you can make a donation here. (Link deactivated)

Logan and John, Lyft Co-founders

Kristin Sverchek, Lyft General Counsel