A growing number of companies, from Match to GoDaddy to Uber, have spoken out against Texas' restrictive new abortion law

Whitney Wolfe Herd, CEO of Bumble The Washington Post / Contributor
Business leaders are protesting a Texas law that bans abortions after six weeks.

Lyft and Uber are just a few of the companies that have taken action against SB8, the "heartbeat bill."

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

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Texas' new anti-abortion law is being criticized by companies.

Texas' Senate Bill 8, nicknamed "Heartbeat Bill", bans abortions after six weeks. This is before most women realize that they are pregnant.

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This law allows Texas citizens to sue any person they believe is seeking an abortion.

The Texas law was not blocked by the Supreme Court.

These are the business leaders who have taken action against the new legislation.

GoDaddy closed down an anti-abortion website

GoDaddy's company logo and ticker. Reuters

Gizmodo wrote about this website, which was registered to GoDaddy by an anti-abortion group named Texas Right to Life to allow people to report on other women who were seeking abortions.

Friday's tweet by the company stated that GoDaddy had informed the owner of the website, "They have violated GoDaddy’s terms and conditions and have 24 hours to change to another provider."

CNN spoke with a spokesperson for Texas Right to Life, who said that the organization would not be silenced and that "if anti-Lifers wish to take down our website, we'll make it back up."

Dallas-based Match Group called law'regressive.

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Hinge and Tinder are owned by the dating app company, and Shar Dubey, its CEO, is a Texas resident who came from India 25 years earlier. In an internal memo, she stated that she was shocked to live in a country where women's reproductive laws were more restrictive than the rest of the world.

She also stated that she is creating a fund to help Match employees who are affected by Texas' new abortion laws, in order to get healthcare outside of Texas.

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Dubey stated that she was not referring to this as the CEO or president of a company. "I am speaking personally about this as a mother and woman who have fervently cared for women's rights, especially the fundamental right to choose her body."

Bumble established a fund to allow Texas women access abortions

Whitney Wolfe Herd founded and is CEO of Bumble. Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Fast Company

Last week, the dating app company announced via Twitter that it had established a relief fund to allow proceeds to be donated to organizations that support women’s reproductive rights.

Whitney Wolfe Herd, CEO of the $6.6 billion company, stated in a tweet that her company was "women's-founded and women's led" and that she would "keep fighting against regressive legislation like #SB8."

Uber and Lyft announced that they will pay the legal fees for drivers who are sued

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Texas' abortion law prohibits anyone from transporting a woman to have an abortion within six weeks. This could impact drivers of ride-sharing services.

Lyft stated that it has created a Driver Legal Defense Fund in order to fully cover the cost drivers may incur under the new law.

Lyft stated Friday that drivers are not responsible for the actions of their riders. Imagine being a driver without knowing whether you are violating the law by giving someone else a ride. Riders don't have to share or justify where they're going.

The company stated that it was impossible to imagine a pregnant woman trying get to a healthcare appointment, not knowing if her driver will cancel or not for fear of breaking any laws. Both are unacceptable.

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi shared the pledge of Logan Green, Lyft cofounder, on Friday. He tweeted that "drivers should not be put at risk for getting people to where they want" and that Uber would also pay legal fees for its drivers.

An earlier version of this story stated that American Airlines had spoken out against the Texas abortion law. The airline has not commented.

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