By Ailan Evans
Daily Caller News Foundation
Several major tech companies spoke out against the Texas Heartbeat Act, taking down pro-life websites and funding out-of-state abortions.
The “Texas Heartbeat Act” enacted May 19, prohibits abortions after the unborn baby’s heartbeat is detectable, with exceptions for medical emergencies. The law includes a provision providing a civil cause of action to sue a person who “knowingly engages in conduct that aids or abets the performance or inducement of an abortion,” and may result in a plaintiff receiving $10,000 or more for each abortion found to be in violation of the law.
The Supreme Court decided not to block the law Wednesday, prompting several tech companies to announce their opposition to the law.
Rideshare app Lyft announced in a statement Friday that it would pay the legal fees of any of its drivers sued under the law, citing concerns that drivers who take women to illegal abortion procedures may be liable.
“Lyft has created a Driver Legal Defense Fund to cover 100% of legal fees for drivers sued under SB8 while driving on our platform,” the company said. “Riders and Drivers: Nothing about how you drive, ride or interact with each other should change.”
The company also announced a $1 million donation to Planned Parenthood, saying “Lyft is donating $1 million … to help ensure that transportation is never a barrier to healthcare access.”
“This law is incompatible with people’s basic rights to privacy,