Uber driver banned after dropping pregnant woman in the woods

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The second she got in the car she noticed the driver "seemed uncomfortable". Photo credit: Getty

An Uber driver who kicked a pregnant woman out of his car when she found out she was planning to have an abortion has been banned from using the app.

Yahoo Lifestyle reports the 20-year-old New York woman booked a trip to a Planned Parenthood centre an hour's drive from where she lived.

The second she got in the car she noticed the driver "seemed uncomfortable".

"After a few more minutes he asked, 'Are we going to an abortion clinic?'" she told Yahoo Lifestyle.

"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."

He reportedly went on to tell her about "how awful" abortions are, and that she was going to "regret this decision for the rest of her life".

In a post about the trip she made on website Reddit, the woman said she tried ignoring him - but it became impossible to when, at about the halfway point, he pulled over without warning at a service station in the middle of a forest.

"I'm sorry, but I can't take you the rest of the way," he reportedly told her. "I can take you back to [my city], but you won't be able to find another Uber out here."

He hung around for 10 or 15 minutes to see if she'd take up his offer, then left. A cab arrived shortly afterwards to take her the rest of the way - at a cost of NZ$179.

Once home, she called the police.

"The officer I met with who filed the report was very sympathetic, but he insisted that nothing criminal had actually occurred," she told Yahoo Lifestyle.

Uber said it appeared the driver "had taken a less direct route" before kicking her out and so was banned, despite having had no complaints beforehand. 

An investigation by CNN last year found more than 100 Uber drivers in the US had been accused of sexual assault or abuse. Earlier this year one of the company's drivers admitted killing six people, claiming a 'devil figure' on the Uber app prompted him to do it.

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