AUSTIN, Texas: US companies including Lyft, American Airlines and Silicon Laboratories expressed dissatisfaction on Friday (September 3) with new Texas laws on abortion, handguns and voting restrictions, a new sign increased efforts by certain companies to signal their commitment to social responsibility.
Lyft and Uber Technologies Inc have said they will cover all legal costs for drivers of ride-sharing companies sued under a law that puts in place a near-total ban on abortion.
Lyft will also donate $ 1 million to women’s health care provider Planned Parenthood, CEO Logan Green said on Twitter.
“This is an attack on women’s access to health care and their right to choose,” Green said of the new Texas law.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted in response to Green’s announcement that his company would cover drivers’ legal fees in the same way, thanking Green for taking the initiative.
The ban, which took effect Wednesday, leaves the application to individual citizens, allowing them to prosecute anyone who provides or “assists or encourages” an abortion after six weeks. This potentially includes drivers who unwittingly take women to clinics for abortion procedures.
On Wednesday, the CEO of Match Group, owner of Tinder, and rival dating platform, Bumble Inc, said they were setting up funds to help Texas-based employees seek abortion care outside of the United States. State.
Meanwhile, web hosting service GoDaddy on Friday shut down an anti-abortion website in Texas that allowed people to report suspected abortions.
The reaction to the law change in Texas comes at a time when many companies are looking to polish their corporate governance and environmental credentials with consumers.
Businesses also responded to the Texas legislature this week by passing the final version of a bill that bans drive-thru and 24-hour voting locations and gives more power to poll observers, widely seen as restricting access to voting.
“We were hoping for a different outcome for this legislation, and we are disappointed with this outcome,” an American Airlines spokesperson said in an email.
A spokesperson for Hewlett Packard, based in Texas, said: “As a global company with 60,000 team members, HPE encourages our team members to engage in the political process where they live and work and make their voices heard through advocacy and at the voting booth. . “
Meanwhile, a law allowing people to carry concealed handguns without a license came into effect Wednesday in Texas.
“Looking at the abortion law, or the gun law, or the voting law, it’s a form of self-defense justice, where you empower individuals to uphold the law,” he said. said Tyson Tuttle, CEO of Austin-based Silicon Laboratories. “It’s been a tough week in Texas and a harbinger of what’s to come across the country.”