Amid the controversy surrounding the new abortion law in Texas, popular online dating platforms issued a statement regarding the subject. The Match Group and Bumble pledged to create a relief fund for all those affected.
Texas-based Bumble was the first to react, with their CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd tweeting about the company’s dedication to fighting for the rights of the most vulnerable. The funds will be directed towards the Fund Texas Choice and other organizations that work towards ensuring female reproductive rights.
Shar Dubey, CEO of the Match Group (Tinder, OkCupid, Hinge, etc.), took a step further and published her intention of creating a fund for her employees and their dependents. The fund will enable those affected to seek medical care outside of Texas.
The new abortion law in Texas outlaws all abortions after the sixth week of pregnancy. However, this covers only the abortions performed in Texas, so no legal harm will come to the Match Group or their employees who seek medical care in other states.
Since the new law also sanctions people who help women get an abortion, even people who drive them to the clinic could be sued. This is why both Uber and Lyft reacted by starting their funds to cover all costs for their employees who could be legally pursued.
Lyft will also donate an additional $1 million to Planned Parenthood. The company’s CEO stated that transport should never become an obstacle for those in need of care — he emphasized the importance of having a choice and called other companies to join them in advocating on this matter.