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Uber driver fired after refusing to take a passenger to an abortion clinic

He could also face legal action

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An Uber driver was fired after he refused to take a passenger to get an abortion, and the passenger is considering taking legal action against him as well, according to Yahoo Style.

What happened?

A 20-year-old woman in upstate New York intended to get an abortion. The nearby Planned Parenthood clinic did not have any available appointments, and she did not have a car, so she summoned an Uber to take her to a clinic about an hour away.

The driver picked her up and began driving her to the destination. Based on the information she put into the app, there was no obvious way for the driver to know she was going to an abortion clinic. But he seemed to have a hunch.

She recounted the interaction with the driver on Reddit:

"My appointment was at 11:30am so at 9:58am my Uber arrived and he immediately seemed uncomfortable. After about five minutes in the car, he asked, 'are we going to a planned parenthood?' I said no (because we weren't), but it set off alarm bells that he would even ask that, The destination I put in was just the name of the doctor and the address of the clinic, there was nothing that would suggest it was an abortion clinic. After a few more minutes he asked, 'are we going to an abortion clinic?'"

"I was shocked. I had no idea what to say, so I just remained quiet. He then said 'I know it's none of my business, but…' and proceeded to mention something about his wife being pregnant, how awful the procedure was (and proceeded to explain it in graphic detail), and that 'there is so much they don't tell you'. He then said 'you're going to regret this decision for the rest of your life' and that I was making a mistake."

After a little while longer, the driver pulled over and said he could not complete the trip. He offered to take her back home, but said he would not take her to the clinic. They were approximately at the midpoint of the hour-long journey.

The woman contacted her boyfriend, who informed the clinic she would be late. Then she took a cab to the abortion clinic.

She reported the driver to Uber, which terminated him, and also reported the incident to the police. She said she wants to take legal action against him, but is not yet sure how to proceed.

(H/T The Daily Wire)

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