Hollywood studios have ignored a demand from more than 1,500 showrunners, writers and TV directors urging companies to commit to ‘abortion safety protocols’, as well as pledging to stop donating to pro-life political candidates.
Instead of responding to specific requests, studios including Disney, Netflix, Amazon and NBCUniversal released a loosely worded joint statement this week that recommended talent defer to their relevant union health plans.
The studios said they “continue to evaluate how we can best provide our employees and workers who support our productions.”
In their statement, the companies mostly avoided responding to the specific demands, which include commitments to provide abortion travel subsidies to employees as well as criminal and civil legal protections for employees.
Also among the demands is a “pledge to immediately cease all political donations to anti-abortion candidates and political action committees.”
“It is unacceptable to ask anyone to choose between their human rights and their job,” the showrunners and directors said. “This situation raises fundamental questions of equality, health and safety at work.”
Among the hundreds of TV showrunners, writers and directors who have signed the letters are mega-producers JJ Abrams, Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy and Mindy Kaling.
Some studios have already committed to one of their claims.
As Breitbart News reported, several studios, including Netflix, Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery, have agreed to pay the travel expenses of employees wishing to have an abortion. As some commentators have noted, paying for an employee’s abortion is cheaper for a company than the costs and lost productivity associated with maternity leave.
Hollywood’s panic comes following the Supreme Court’s historic overturning of Roe v. Wade.
Georgia and Louisiana are still among Hollywood’s top filming destinations due to their lucrative tax incentives that studios are reluctant to give up. Both states recently passed abortion restrictions, with Louisiana making all abortions illegal in the state.
In Georgia, a federal judge recently ruled that the state’s fetal heart rate law could go into effect, which would ban abortions after six weeks.