US Companies Lash Out At Texas Law Changes, Including Abortion Ban

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Lyft, Uber, and Match are among the companies taking action against SB8, or the "heartbeat bill."

The CEOs of Bumble and Match Group called the law "regressive."

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Companies are speaking out against Texas' harsh new anti-abortion law.

The Senate Bill 8 in Texas, nicknamed the "Heartbeat Bill," bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy - which is before many women realize they are pregnant - even in the case of incest or rape.

The Supreme Court ruled not to block the Texas law.

Here are the business world players taking action against the new legislation.

Gizmodo wrote about the website, which was registered to GoDaddy and created by an anti-abortion group called Texas Right to Life for people to report on others who were seeking abortions.

The company tweeted Friday that it told the website's owner "they have violated GoDaddy's terms of service and have 24 hours to move to a different provider."

-GoDaddy (@GoDaddy) September 3, 2021

Texas Right to Life spokesperson told CNN that the organization "will not be silenced" and "if anti-Lifers want to take our website down, we'll put it back up."

The dating app company owns Tinder and Hinge, and its CEO - Shar Dubey - is a Texas resident who immigrated from India 25 years ago. She wrote in an internal memo that she is "shocked" to "live in a state where women's reproductive laws are more regressive than most of the world."

The CEO also said she's creating a fund for Match employees that are affected by Texas' new abortion law to seek healthcare out of state.

"I'm not speaking about this as the CEO of a company," Dubey wrote. "I'm speaking about this personally, as a mother and a woman who has fervently cared about women's rights, including the very fundamental right of choice over her body."

The dating app company said in a tweet last week that it had started a relief fund for proceeds to go to organizations that support women's reproductive rights.

CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd said in a tweet that her $6.6 billion company was "women-founded and women' led" and that it would "keep fighting against regressive laws like #SB8."

Texas' abortion law forbids anyone to transport a woman to receive an abortion after six weeks, which could affect drivers of ride-sharing companies.

Lyft said it created a Driver Legal Defense Fund to completely front the costs that drivers could incur under the new law.

"Drivers are never responsible for monitoring where their riders go or why," Lyft said Friday. "Imagine being a driver and not knowing if you are breaking the law by giving someone a ride. 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," the company said. "Both are completely unacceptable."

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi shared Lyft cofounder Logan Green's pledge on Friday and tweeted that "drivers shouldn't be put at risk for getting people where they want to go" and that Uber will also cover legal fees of its drivers.

-dara khosrowshahi (@dkhos) September 3, 2021

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Lyft, Uber to cover fees for drivers sued under Texas abortion law

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Lyft, Uber to cover fees for drivers sued under Texas abortion law

US rideshare companies create legal fund for drivers sued while on the job

The Star Online 06 September, 2021 - 06:30pm

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2021 file photo, a passer-by walks past a sign offering directions to an Uber and Lyft ride pickup location at Logan International Airport, in Boston. Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft said Friday, Sept. 3, 2021 they will cover the legal fees of any driver who is sued under the new law prohibiting most abortions in Texas. The Texas law bans abortions once medical professionals can detect cardiac activity, usually around six weeks and often before women know they’re pregnant. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File)

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Uber And Lyft Respond To New Texas Anti-Abortion Law

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SB8 which was signed into law by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in June, empowers any private individual to sue anyone who “aids and abets” an abortion in Texas after six weeks gestation.

In an email sent to riders and drivers, Lyft made it clear that drivers are not responsible for monitoring where their  riders go and for what reason. 

On Twitter, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said his company will also follow suit and "cover legal fees in the same way" as Lyft.

As a result, Lyft will cover 100% of legal fees for drivers who are sued under SB8 while driving on their platform and are also donating $1 million dollars to Planned Parenthood.

Dune remake receives divisive first reviews

The Post Millennial 06 September, 2021 - 09:21am

It'll finally worm its way into cinemas next month.

Dune crash-landed at the Venice Film Festival last week, which means we now have a stack of first reviews to digest.

Arguably 2021's most mouthwatering cinematic release, this sci-fi remake is directed by Arrival and Prisoners genius Denis Villeneuve, who's managed to lasso the likes of Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, Rebecca Ferguson, Oscar Isaac, Stellan Skarsgård and Dave Bautista for his journey to Arrakis.

That's the planet Arrakis, by the way, which becomes the new home of House Atreides in the story – a scorching desert landscape known for its 'spice melange', the natural resource mined specifically in aid of interstellar travel and guarded by monolithic sandworms.

"There's a lot to admire in Dune: Part One, especially in terms of the impressive world-building and the excellent cast. However, you're left thinking about how good the second part will be, rather than being totally fulfilled with this movie. Let's hope this isn't our only visit to Arrakis."

"Good heavens, what a film. The drama is played out with relish by an ensemble cast (Rebecca Ferguson, Charlotte Rampling, Jason Momoa) and Villeneuve is confident enough to let the temperature slowly build before the big operatic set-pieces eventually break cover. He has constructed an entire world for us here, thick with myth and mystery, stripped of narrative signposts or even much in the way of handy exposition.

"The spice melange is a psychotropic substance that floats across the surface of planet Arrakis like puffs of dandelions. This seems right since Denis Villeneuve's interpretation of that world in Dune is similarly all-enveloping for any who lay eyes on it.

"The film is, indeed, very heavy on atmosphere and self-importance. And with its ponderous amount of characters and plot threads, it will undoubtedly overwhelm more than a few viewers. Much like the source material, this desert is dripping in high-minded pretensions. Villeneuve attempts to offset that with a lot more expository handholding than his previous sci-fi epics, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, which bordered on tone poems. But that mostly makes the first act particularly top-heavy and perhaps clear to a fault. There’s a lot more prose here, yet I wonder if Villeneuve and his studio should’ve simply fully embraced the director’s abstract poetry."

"Villeneuve presents this tale as an unapologetically poker-faced futuristic parable. There are characters with names like Duncan Idaho (who happens to be played, charmingly, by Jason Momoa), and everyone is waiting for someone known as the Kwisatz Haderach to show up. Villeneuve lays it out before us without smirking or winking; his go-for-broke earnestness feels honest and clean. And the effects, while lavish, also have a tasteful, polished quality.

"The sandworm is the stuff of nightmares, but Villeneuve's vision of it has a shivery elegance. Dune is sluggish in places—my eyes glazed over during one or two or maybe three of the battle scenes—but Villeneuve's conviction counts for a lot."

"This is blockbuster filmmaking in the Christopher Nolan mould — smart, propulsive, and really big. But more than any one Nolan film in particular, Dune feels most reminiscent of Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring. Like Fellowship, it's merely the opening part of a story, but manages to feel like a masterwork in its own right.

"Dune is a complicated book. It's also a complicated film. There's a real question as to why the Fremen – whose language, dress, and culture are so directly inspired by the nomadic, Arabic Bedouin tribes – don't feature any Middle Eastern and North African (Mena) actors in speaking roles, their leader instead played by Javier Bardem in a shemagh-inspired headscarf.

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By Tina Bellon and Jessica DiNapoli

AUSTIN, Texas/NEW YORK (Reuters) -U.S. companies including Lyft Inc, American Airlines Group Inc and Silicon Laboratories Inc voiced their displeasure on Friday at new Texas laws on abortion, handguns, and voting limitations, a fresh sign of increased efforts by some firms to signal their commitment to social responsibility.

Lyft and Uber Technologies Inc said they will cover all legal fees for the ride-hail companies’ drivers sued under a law that puts in place a near-total ban on abortion.

Lyft will also donate $1 million to women’s health provider Planned Parenthood, chief executive Logan Green said on Twitter https://twitter.com/logangreen/status/1433872421254098945?s=20.

“This is an attack on women’s access to healthcare and on their right to choose,” Green said of the new Texas law.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi tweeted https://twitter.com/dkhos/status/1433894081487273987?s=20 in response to Green’s announcement that his company would cover drivers’ legal fees in the same way, thanking Green for taking the initiative.

The ban https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-supreme-court-declines-block-texas-abortion-ban-2021-09-02, which took effect Wednesday, leaves enforcement up to individual citizens, enabling them to sue anyone who provides or “aids or abets” an abortion after six weeks. This potentially includes drivers who unknowingly take women to clinics for abortion procedures.

On Wednesday, Tinder-owner Match Group’s CEO and rival dating platform Bumble Inc said they were setting up funds to help Texas-based employees seeking abortion care outside the state.

Website hosting service GoDaddy Inc on Friday, meanwhile, shut down a Texas anti-abortion website that allowed people to report suspected abortions.

The reaction to the law change in Texas comes at a time when many companies are seeking to burnish their corporate and environmental governance credentials with consumers.

Companies also reacted to the Texas legislature this week passing the final version of a bill that outlaws drive-through and 24-hour voting locations and gives poll watchers more power, widely seen as restricting voting access.

“We hoped for a different outcome for this legislation, and we’re disappointed by this result,” an American Airlines spokesperson said in an email.

A spokesperson for Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co, based in Texas, said, “As a global company of 60,000 team members, HPE encourages our team members to engage in the political process where they live and work and make their voices heard through advocacy and at the voting booth.”

Meanwhile, a law allowing people to carry concealed handguns without any permit went into effect in Texas on Wednesday.

“Looking at the abortion law, or the gun law, or the voting law, it’s a form of vigilante justice, where you’re empowering individuals to enforce the law,” said Tyson Tuttle, the CEO of Austin-based Silicon Laboratories. “It’s been a rough week in Texas and a harbinger of what’s to come across the country.”

(Reporting by Tina Bellon in Austin, Texas and Jessica DiNapoli in New York; Editing by Richard Chang and Rosalba O’Brien)

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