In September 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court docket declined to dam the implementation of a controversial Texas state regulation that successfully bans most abortions, prompting an outraged response amongst Democrats, pro-choice activists, celebrities, and a few sectors of company America. 

Texas Senate Invoice (S.B.) 8, signed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Might 19 and applied on Sept. 1, bans any and all abortions after the “first detectable heartbeat” of a fetus, an occasion that may happen as early as six weeks into being pregnant. It additionally permits a non-public citizen to sue any lady who undergoes an abortion after this level, or anybody who assists her, no matter whether or not the citizen has any private connection to these people.

Based on a broadly shared Fb put up, one of many main U.S. corporations to announce its opposition to the regulation was the ride-sharing app Lyft. On Sept. 4, Fb consumer Izabella Kordalewski posted what seemed to be a screenshot of a letter from the corporate, addressed to “Lyft riders and drivers,” criticizing S.B. 8 as “incompatible with individuals’s primary rights to privateness.”

The letter additionally promised to supply monetary help to Lyft drivers who turn out to be caught up within the enforcement of the regulation by transporting girls who’re on their technique to get hold of an abortion, in potential violation of S.B. 8. Kordalewski launched the letter by writing, “Expensive associates. Here’s a screenshot of an e-mail I acquired from Lyft yesterday. Go make good decisions.” The letter itself learn as follows:

Expensive Lyft Riders and Drivers,

A brand new Texas regulation, SB8, threatens to punish drivers for getting individuals the place they should go – particularly, girls exercising their proper to decide on and to entry the healthcare they want.

We need to be clear: Drivers are by no means answerable for monitoring the place their riders go or why. Think about being a driver and never figuring out if you’re breaking the regulation by giving somebody a experience. Equally, riders by no means should justify, and even share, the place they’re going and why. Think about being a pregnant lady making an attempt to get to a healthcare appointment and never figuring out in case your driver will cancel on you for worry of breaking a regulation. Each are utterly unacceptable.

This regulation is incompatible with individuals’s primary rights to privateness, our group tips, the spirit of rideshare, and our values as an organization. We’re taking motion on two fronts:

  1. Lyft has created a Driver Authorized Protection Fund to cowl 100% of authorized charges for drivers sued below SB8 whereas driving on our platform. Riders and Drivers: Nothing about the way you drive, experience or work together with one another ought to change.
  2. TX SB8 is an assault on girls’s proper to decide on. Lyft is donating $1 million to Deliberate Parenthood to assist be sure that transportation isn’t a barrier to healthcare entry.

If you happen to really feel compelled to affix us as a person, you can also make a donation right here.

That letter was totally genuine, so we’re issuing a score of “True.”

On Sept. 3, Lyft shared the letter by itself web site, stipulating that it was signed by co-founders Logan Inexperienced and John Zimmer, in addition to the corporate’s normal counsel, Kristin Sverchek. The hyperlink included in Kordalewski’s screenshot directed readers to a Deliberate Parenthood donation web page. 


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