Brandon Wade, the founder and CEO of the website SeekingArrangement, which connects partners for monetized dating, is offering to cover the travel costs for women seeking abortions in states that have passed restrictions on the procedure.
In a Tuesday video, Wade announced that he and his girlfriend Zoe Glaze are starting a charity called Fight Against Poverty so "when any state makes the decision to deny women the right to make choices about her body, we can help."
“We will provide women and families who cannot afford to provide for themselves, travel out of their home state to access proper health care and to exercise their right to a choice,” he said in the video.
A spokesperson for SeekingArrangement told The Hill in a statement that Wade plans to cover the cost of both the procedure and the travel expenses for women to get out-of-state abortions.
"If lawmakers will not step in and help these desperate women, then I will,” Wade said.
He told The Hill in an interview that his charity will help cover such costs for women up to three months into pregnancy.
"The goal here is not to take any extreme positions but to actually provide a reasonable one," Wade said. "If we give people three months that's a reasonable amount of time to make a decision that's the right choice for themselves."
Wade said he believes the charity — which will likely be run by Glaze — fits in with SeekingArrangement's goal of allowing people to make their own decisions and improve their lives. He added that he plans to donate between $500,000 and $1 million to the charity initially and will be involved in its fundraising.
His announcement comes as a number of Republican-led state governments move to restrict abortion through legislation. Alabama's governor signed a law last month that will ban nearly all abortions, while other states have passed laws that ban abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, typically around six weeks into pregnancy.
Proponents of the new restrictions hope that they will lead to a Supreme Court battle over Roe v. Wade, the landmark decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
SeekingArrangement connects "sugar Babies" to "sugar Daddies or Mommas" to find "mutually beneficial relationships," according to its website, and has 10 million members.
Updated 5:13 p.m.