Austin-based Bumble — no stranger to taking political stands — is creating a relief fund to support reproductive rights and to help people seeking abortions in Texas.
A company spokesperson said the money will go towards partner organizations dedicated to protecting reproductive rights.
“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.
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.
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Bumble founder and CEO Whitney Wolfe Herd rang the opening bell for her company, which made a stunning debut on Wall Street on Thursday, raising $2.15 billion with its initial public offering of stock.
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.”
The spokesperson said there’s no targeted amount that the company will be putting towards the fund, and that it would be ongoing. The spokesperson said only the chosen organizations will have access to the funds, and any individuals looking for support should contact one of the organizations listed in the post.