October 16, 2021

tech companies are mobilizing after the passage of a law that restricts the right to abortion in Texas

Until now, similar texts from other American states had been struck down in court, but this time the Federal Supreme Court refused to block the law.

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The online service provider GoDaddy, the two American leaders in chauffeur-driven car reservations Uber and Lyft, the dating apps Bumble and Match Group (Tinder, OkCupid) … After the entry into force on Wednesday September 1 of a A law that prohibits the majority of pregnancy terminations in Texas, even in cases of incest or rape, companies in the tech industry are pushing for the right to abortion.

A website set up by the Texan anti-abortion group Right to Life, ProLifeWhistleblower.with, which encourages the public to denounce illegal abortions in Texas, was thus notified Thursday of its eviction by its internet host, GoDaddy.

Uber and Lyft for their part announced Friday that they would cover the legal costs of drivers if they are denounced under the new law. For their part, Bumble and Match Group, headquartered in Texas, announced the creation of support funds. Bumble wants it so “support the rights of women and people who want to have an abortion in Texas”, the company, founded and run by women, tweeted on Wednesday.

The law that came into force Wednesday prohibits abortion as soon as the embryo’s heartbeat is detected, around six weeks pregnant, when most women do not know they are pregnant. Only the medical emergency justifies an exception. Until now, similar texts from other American states had been struck down in court, but this time the Federal Supreme Court refused to block the law.

According to Texas law, it is not up to the authorities to enforce the measure, but to citizens, encouraged to file a civil complaint. Thus, the site ProLifeWhistleblower.with a prompted the public to denounce illegal abortions in Texas. The site has been inundated with false denunciations initiated by activists in favor of the right to abortion. Calls relayed on social networks, such as TikTok and Instagram.

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