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Uber and Lyft extend legal fee coverage to drivers sued under Oklahoma’s forthcoming abortion law

Both Uber and Lyft have promised to pay legal fees in the event that their driver is sued under the Oklahoma Abortion Restriction Act, according to a report. CNBC. While the bill has not yet been signed into law, Republican chairman Kevin Stitt is expected to approve it in the coming days.

On Friday, The Oklahoma House passed Heart Rate (SB 1503), that law prohibits abortion for about six weeks Pregnancy – far before many women find out they are pregnant – and they are now awaiting the signature of Governor Stitt. In the same way The contraceptive law was recently passed in Texas, Oklahoma law also gives individuals the right to sue someone who “helps or is satisfied with the performance or motivation of the abortion.” This includes a healthy clinic, as well as the person who takes the woman to the health facility.

Both Lyft and Uber have said they will cover the legal fees for drivers after Texas approved the abortion law in September, and now they are doing the same for Oklahoma drivers. Shortly afterwards the bill went through the Oklahoma legislature, Lyft CEO Logan Green was announced on Twitter that the company “will cover 100 percent of the legal fees” for drivers sued under the next law.

“Women’s access to health care is under attack again, this time in Oklahoma,” Green said on his Twitter account. “Foot drivers are once again caught in the middle to get people to where they need to be.

Green also said the company is “working with healthcare providers to create a secure government program” that will cover travel expenses for travelers seeking out-of-state abortion care. In addition, Lyft says it will cover travel expenses for US-based Lyft drivers who need to travel more than 100 miles to an abortion clinic.

Although Uber public channels have not yet been announced, the company has confirmed to CNBC that it plans to adopt a similar policy. “As TX, we want to cover all legal fees for any driver who is sued under this law while driving,” an Uber spokesman said in a statement to CNBC. It is unclear whether Uber also plans to cover travel expenses for drivers or passengers traveling for abortions. Qarka contacted Uber for comment but did not immediately respond.

Earlier this month, Yelp announced it would cover travel costs if staff (or their spouses) needed to travel outside the state through the abortion procedure. Salesforce has also offered to help workers move if they are concerned about abortion in their state, where Texas is based. The Bumble and Match team created a relief fund for women affected by Texas abortion prevention law.