Lyft will cover legal fees for drivers sued under Oklahoma abortion law
Lyft CEO Logan Green and President John Zimmer (R), speak at Lyft’s IPO Event in Los Angeles, March 29th 2019.
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LyftIt announced Friday that it would fully pay legal fees for drivers sued by Oklahoma’s restrictive abortion law.
The Oklahoma House, Thursday passed the Texas-style banThis law prohibits abortions within six weeks after a woman has become pregnant. Many women are not aware they have been pregnant for this time. Republican Governor. Kevin Stitt will sign it in the next few days.
As with the Texas law in Texas, anyone who aids the procedure (doctors, clinic staff, and people who pay for it) is at risk. Rideshare drivers can face up to $10,000 in fines for transporting women into abortion clinics. Advocates for abortion rights and providers claim these laws are a violation of 1973 Roe v. Wade protections.
Lyft CEO Logan Green declared that Oklahoma is repressing women’s health care access. tweeted statement. Lyft drivers once more find themselves in the middle of getting people to where they want. Our belief is that transportation should not be an obstacle to accessing healthcare. It’s our obligation to support both the driver and rider communities.
Lyft’s first announcement protections for drivers in TexasAfter its September restrictive abortion law went into effect. Oklahoma’s rideshare service is offering this assistance now that it has expanded its reach to drivers.
Lyft will pay 100% for legal fees for any driver who is sued by a state under SB1503/SB8 while they are driving on Lyft’s platform.
Oklahoman and Texas women seeking out-of state abortion services will find that the company has partnered with their health providers to establish a safe state program. This would include transportation costs to and from clinics and airports.
Lyft covers the travel expenses of its U.S. employees who have U.S. medical insurance. This includes coverage for elective abortion if it is required by law to travel beyond Texas and Oklahoma.
Lyft wrote in a blog, “This law violates people’s fundamental rights, our community guidelines and the spirit of ridingshare”