Match Group CEO Launches Fund for Texas Employees Seeking Abortions After State Ban
Two Texas-based dating apps took issue with aafter six weeks of pregnancy. Both businesses are run by women.
Dallas-based Match Group chief executive Shar Dubey said she was setting up a fund to help Texas employees at the company who may need to travel out of state for the procedure.
Rival dating app Bumble too and announced on Instagram that he will donate funds to six organizations that support women’s reproductive rights.
Match Group CEO Shar Dubey creates the fund on her own and not through the company, Match Group said. The company has several popular dating apps, including Tinder, OkCupid, Hinge, and PlentyOfFish, and has around 400 employees in Texas, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Dubey spoke out against the law in a note to employees Thursday.
“I immigrated to America from India over 25 years ago and I have to say that as a resident of Texas I am shocked to now live in a state where female reproductive laws are no longer regressive than most of the world, including India, ”she said. said in the note.
Dubey said his fund would help cover any additional costs incurred by Match Group employees if they had to travel out of state to request an abortion.
His statement came after Austin-based Bumble, led by CEO Whitney Wolfe, spoke out against the social media law.
“Bumble is founded and run by women, and from day one we have stood up for the most vulnerable. We will continue to fight against regressive laws like # SB8,” Bumble said on Twitter. The group listed six reproductive rights groups in an Instagram post and said anyone seeking help should contact one of those organizations.
Texas law, which came into effect Tuesday after the Supreme Courtabortion providers, prohibit abortions once healthcare professionals can detect heart activity, usually around six weeks and often before women know they are pregnant.
Rather than being enforced by government authorities, the law givesthe right to sue and collect damages against anyone assisting with an abortion, rather than against the women undergoing the procedure. There is no exception for rape or incest.
The law has been the biggest obstacle to the constitutional right to abortion in decades.