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Lyft and Uber announced Friday they will pay the legal fees for any of their drivers who are sued under Texas’ new law that prohibits abortion after a heartbeat can be detected.

The law allows private citizens to enforce the measure. Though patients may not be sued, any individual can sue the people assisting the procedure, including doctors, those paying for the abortion, clinic workers, and rideshare drivers who transport women obtaining abortions to clinics.

Plaintiffs in litigation cases resulting from the law’s implementation can earn up to $10,000 in damages.

“Drivers are never responsible for monitoring where their riders go or why. Imagine being a driver and not knowing if you are breaking the law by giving someone a ride,” Lyft said in a statement announcing the policy.

“Similarly, riders never have to justify, or even share, where they are going and why. Imagine being a pregnant woman trying to get to a healthcare appointment and not knowing if your driver will cancel on you for fear of breaking a law. Both are completely unacceptable,” Lyft added.

Lyft announced it would create a defense fund to completely cover any legal fees incurred by drivers because of the law and also pledged to donate $1 million to Planned Parenthood.

Lyft CEO Logan Green wrote in a tweet that the law is “an attack on women’s access to healthcare and on their right to choose.”

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