Match Group CEO creates fund for Texas employees seeking out-of-state abortion care

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Is abortion illegal in Texas?

Abortion in Texas is regulated by the Texas Heartbeat Act, the most restrictive abortion law in the United States. As of July 11, 2021, 30 cities in Texas have enacted local abortion bans. wikipedia.orgAbortion in Texas

Why it matters: The ban, which took effect Wednesday, is the most restrictive abortion law to be enforced since the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion nationwide in 1973.

Catch up quick: The Texas law prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can be as early as six weeks and before many people know they are pregnant.

It also makes no exceptions for pregnancies that are a result of rape or incest if a heartbeat is detected, and offers at least $10,000 to citizens who successfully sue any person assisting pregnant people with getting abortions that violate the ban.

The Supreme Court rejected an emergency application by reproductive rights groups to block the restrictive law with a 5-4 vote on Wednesday but did not rule on the constitutionality of it.

What to watch: Biden said he has directed the Gender Policy Council and White House Council to review what steps the federal government can take to protect abortion rights in Texas, looking specifically at potential policy actions by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice.

What he's saying: "The Supreme Court’s ruling overnight is an unprecedented assault on a woman’s constitutional rights under Roe v. Wade, which has been the law of the land for almost fifty years," Biden said in a statement.

"By allowing a law to go into effect that empowers private citizens in Texas to sue health care providers, family members supporting a woman exercising her right to choose after six weeks, or even a friend who drives her to a hospital or clinic, it unleashes unconstitutional chaos and empowers self-anointed enforcers to have devastating impacts," he continued.

"The dissents by Chief Justice Roberts, and Justices Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan all demonstrate the error of the Court's action here powerfully."

"While the Chief Justice was clear to stress that the action by the Supreme Court is not a final ruling on the future of Roe, the impact of last night's decision will be immediate and requires an immediate response."

The big picture: The Supreme Court's five conservative justices said in an unsigned opinion that allowing the ban to remain in place should not be read as an indication of whether the court believes the law is unconstitutional or not.

They wrote, however, that groups seeking emergency relief had not addressed "complex and novel" procedural questions in the case.

Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberal justices in dissent, describing the law as "not only unusual, but unprecedented." He questioned whether a state can avoid responsibility for a law by giving its citizens the responsibility to enforce it.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote in her dissent: “It cannot be the case that a State can evade federal judicial scrutiny by outsourcing the enforcement of unconstitutional laws to its citizenry.”

Go deeper: Texas banned abortion after 6 weeks. Here’s what happens next

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After Texas Abortion Law, Match CEO, Bumble Create Funds to Support Those Affected

Reuters 02 September, 2021 - 04:20pm

The law, which went into effect Wednesday, bars the procedure after about six weeks of pregnancy. The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote late Wednesday, declined to block what is now the nation’s toughest restrictions on abortions

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Texas abortion law prompts Match Group CEO to create fund for employees in state

CNET 02 September, 2021 - 04:15pm

CEO Shar Dubey is starting a fund to help Texas-based employees affected by the abortion legislation.

Match Group CEO Shar Dubey is speaking out against Senate Bill 8, the Texas law that bans abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. 

In a memo to employees Wednesday night, Dubey said that though the Texas-based company normally stays out of politics, as a woman and a mother, she felt the need to say something. 

"I immigrated to America from India over 25 years ago and I have to say, as a Texas resident, I am shocked that I now live in a state where women's reproductive laws are more regressive than most of the world, including India," Dubey said, "Surely everyone should see the danger of this highly punitive and unfair law that doesn't even make an exception for victims of rape or incest."

In addition, Dubey is personally starting a support fund for Texas-based employees needing to seek care outside the state. 

Match Group owns a stable of popular dating apps, including Match, OkCupid, Tinder and others. 

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Austin's Bumble creates relief fund to help those seeking abortions as restrictive Texas law takes hold

Austin American-Statesman 02 September, 2021 - 04:14pm

“Bumble is women-founded and women-led, and from day one we’ve stood up for the most vulnerable. We’ll keep fighting against regressive laws like #SB8,” the company said in a tweet. 

Starting today, Bumble has created a relief fund supporting the reproductive rights of women and people across the gender spectrum who seek abortions in Texas.

A new Texas abortion law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in May — Senate Bill 8 — went into effect Wednesday and bans most abortions in the state. It's the most restrictive such law in the nation, prohibiting abortions as early as the sixth week of pregnancy before most people know they are pregnant.

The law, which the U.S. Supreme Court declined to block late Wednesday, allows “any person” to file a civil lawsuit against anyone who provides an abortion or "aids and abets" an abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can occur at six weeks. A successful plaintiff could receive at least $10,000 from the provider or others.

Bumble operates two apps — Bumble and Badoo — that have over 40 million users on a monthly basis. The company's namesake app started as a dating app and has since grown to be a women-centric social networking platform in which only women can initiate a conversation or contact.

In addition to tweeting about the new relief fund, the company also mentioned its plans to support abortion rights in an Instagram post and suggested organizations and efforts people can donate to, such as the National Network of Abortion Funds, the Brigid Alliance, Repro Legal Defense Fund, Lilith Fund, Fund Texas Choice and Frontera Fund. Bumble said its own fund will be raised internally — rather than from outside donors — and go to those same organizations.

A Bumble spokesperson said the company is working with partner organizations dedicated to protecting reproductive rights that were chosen "because their mission and values align with ours and they have a history of fighting for reproductive rights and the rights of women." 

In an internal memo to employees, the CEO said that, as a woman and mother, she felt compelled to speak publicly on her views because she considers the law regressive to women's rights. 

"We believe reproductive rights are human rights," the bakeshop said in its post. "We will not stand by and do nothing while being stripped of these rights."

Austin-based Bumble has not been one to shy away from politics in the past — especially when it comes to issues that affect women. 

In 2018, the company published a full-page ad in the New York Times, that said:  “Believe Women,” in Bumble’s signature yellow color, the day after Christine Blasey Ford testified against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. At the time, the company also said it would donate $25,000 to the Rape, Assault, and Incest National Network to help survivors of sexual violence. 

“We’re proud to have played a part in bringing standards of conduct on the internet closer in line with our standards of behavior in the real world. If it wouldn’t fly walking down the street — or at the office, or in the classroom — it shouldn’t be tolerated in your inbox!” the company said in a 2019 statement. At the time, Bumble also pledged to bring the legislation to states beyond Texas. 

The company has also added in-app features in recent years designed to keep users safer, including photo verification, and a "private detector" which blurs lewd images, and it has banned photos of guns and weapons as well as hate speech in its own apps. 

"We look forward to building the future of love, friendship, networking, and community as we chip away at archaic gender dynamics and make the internet a kinder, and more accountable place. I want to thank the remarkable women who paved the way for Bumble by supporting and championing each other; we can break down barriers for the next generation of women and other marginalized communities," Wolfe Herd said in a February statement. 

Meanwhile, Abbott said in an interview with CNBC on Thursday that the state's new abortion law won't affect the Texas business climate. He said plenty of businesses and Americans were in favor of the social positions taken by the Texas Legislature, contending that businesses also were choosing the state because of its low-tax policies.

"People vote with their feet," Abbott said. "This is not slowing down businesses coming to the state of Texas. It is accelerating the process of businesses coming to Texas."

Match CEO and Bumble create relief funds for employees affected by Texas abortion law

CNBC 02 September, 2021 - 01:17pm

Companies behind the largest U.S. dating apps are reacting to Texas' restrictive abortion law that was allowed to go into effect this week by the Supreme Court.

Bumble, based in Austin, said it was creating a relief fund supporting people seeking abortions in the state.

"Bumble is women-founded and women-led, and from day one we've stood up for the most vulnerable. We'll keep fighting against regressive laws like #SB8," the company said in a tweet, referring to the legislation signed in May by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott. The law bans most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, a time period before many women have even discovered they're pregnant.

A Bumble spokesperson declined to comment.

Match Group CEO Shar Dubey also announced in a memo to employees that she would personally create a fund to support Texas-based workers and dependents who needed to seek care outside of the state, a company spokesperson confirmed to CNBC.

Match, based in Dallas, owns a bevy of dating companies, including its namesake app Match along with Hinge, Tinder and OKCupid.

"As I have said before, the company generally does not take political stands unless it is relevant to our business. But in this instance, I personally, as a woman in Texas, could not keep silent," Dubey said in the memo.

"Surely everyone should see the danger of this highly punitive and unfair law that doesn't even make an exception for victims of rape or incest. I would hate for our state to take this big step back in women's rights," she added.

Bloomberg first reported of Dubey's memo.

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