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Nearly 600 TV Writers Ask Netflix And Apple To Elaborate Abortion Safety Policy

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Last week, more than 400 TV showrunners, writers and producers appealed to streaming giants and traditional Hollywood studios for workers in states where abortion is banned or restricted. Now 594 other industry figures (many if not all men) have pledged their support, such as: reports. They include Jordan Peele, Taika Waititi, Jason Sudekis, Ryan Murphy, Donald Glover and JJ Abrams.

The signatories said they stood in solidarity with their “female, trans and non-binary showrunner colleagues”. […] in demanding a coordinated and timely response from our employers regarding the impending workplace security crisis created by the overthrow of Roe v. Wade. Access to abortion does not only affect people of childbearing potential. It affects us all.”

In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, a ruling that granted a nationwide right to abortion for nearly half a century. Numerous states banned or restricted access to abortion after the decision.

The first letter was signed by the likes of Issa Rae, Lilly Wachowski, Lena Waithe, Amy Schumer, Shonda Rhimes, Mindy Kaling and Ava DuVernay. It was sent to Disney, Netflix, Warner Bros. Discovery, Paramount, Apple, NBC Universal, Amazon, Lionsgate and AMC.

The more than 1,000 industry figures who sent the letters ask for details about studios’ abortion travel subsidies, health care policies for “ectopic pregnancies and other pregnancy complications” that occur during a production, and legal safeguards for those who help a production worker get an abortion. The signatories also demanded that studios “immediately stop all political donations to anti-abortion candidates and political action committees”.

Those who signed the letters want the studios to respond by August 10. The letters didn’t mention what could happen if the companies don’t reply by then. Studios have previously said they would reimburse travel expenses for those who had to leave a state to have an abortion.

Thanks to the generous tax breaks for film and TV productions, Georgia has become a powerhouse in the entertainment industry, that is worth billions of dollars to the local economy. In 2019, several studios, , said they would reconsider setting up projects in the state if a so-called heartbeat law went into effect (the legislation bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected). A Federal Court of Appeal the law came into effect last month.

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