Uber and Lyft have both agreed to pay attorneys’ fees if their drivers are sued under Oklahoma’s restrictive abortion law, according to a report by CNBC. Though the law has not yet been signed into law, Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt is expected to approve it in the next few days.
On Friday, Oklahoma’s house happened the heartbeat law (SB1503), a law that bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy – much earlier than many women realize they are pregnant – and is now awaiting Governor Stitt’s signature. Like a similar An anti-abortion law was recently passed in Texas, Oklahoma’s bill also gives individuals the right to sue anyone who “assists or encourages the performing or obtaining of an abortion.” This includes the clinic performing the procedure, as well as the person driving the woman to the medical building.
Lyft and Uber both said they would pay the 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 law passed the Oklahoma Legislature, Lyft CEO Logan Green stated announced on Twitter that the company will pay “100 percent of legal fees” for drivers sued under the upcoming law.
“Women’s access to healthcare is under attack again, this time in Oklahoma,” Green said in a tweet. “Lyft riders are once again in the middle just because they get people where they need to go. We believe that transportation should not be a barrier to accessing healthcare and it is our duty to support both our rider and rider communities.”
Green also said the company is “working with healthcare provider partners to create a safe state program” that will cover travel expenses for drivers who desire out-of-state abortion treatment. In addition, Lyft says it will cover travel expenses for insured US-based Lyft drivers who have to drive over 100 miles to an abortion clinic.
Though it hasn’t yet been announced on Uber’s public-facing channels, the company confirmed to CNBC that it plans to issue a similar policy. “As in TX, we intend to pay all legal fees for any driver who is sued under this law while driving,” an Uber spokesman said in a statement to CNBC. It’s unclear whether Uber plans to also cover travel expenses for drivers or passengers traveling for an abortion. The edge reached out to Uber for comment, but didn’t immediately get a response.
earlier this month, Yelp announced that it would cover travel expenses when employees (or their spouses) must travel abroad for an abortion procedure. Salesforce also offered to help relocate employees if they are concerned about access to abortion in their state while residing in Texas The Bumble and Match Group set up a relief fund for women affected by Texas’ anti-abortion law.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/30/23050662/uber-lyft-extend-legal-fee-coverage-drivers-sued-over-oklahoma-restrictive-abortion-law Uber and Lyft are expanding legal fees coverage to drivers sued under Oklahoma’s upcoming abortion law