Match CEO and Bumble Create Reduction Fund for Workers Affected by Texas Abortion Regulation

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The companies behind the largest dating apps in the United States are responding to Texas’s restrictive abortion law, which the Supreme Court approved this week.

Austin-based Bumble said it would create a relief fund to help people seeking abortions in the state.

“Bumble is founded and run by women, and from day one we have stood up for the most vulnerable. We will continue to fight regressive laws like # SB8, “the company said in a tweet, referring to the legislation signed by Republican Governor Greg Abbott in May. The law prohibits most abortions after six weeks of gestation, before many women even realize they are pregnant.

Bumble did not immediately respond to a request for more information.

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

Dallas-based Match owns a bevy of dating companies, including the Match app of the same name, along with Hinge, Tinder, and OKCupid.

“As I said, the company generally does not take political positions unless it is relevant to our business. But in that case, personally, as a woman in Texas, I could not be silent,” Dubey said in the memo.

“Surely everyone should see the danger of this highly punitive and unfair law, which does not make an exception even for victims of rape or incest. I would hate it if our state takes this big step back into women’s rights,” she added .

Bloomberg first reported on Dubey’s memo.

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