Following the Supreme Court'soverturning of Roe v. Wade, over 400 female TV writers, showrunners, and creatives have joined together to write a letter to media networks and platforms businesses.
The letter asks that companies establish protocols that will protect their pregnant women employees as well as provide assistance for those who may have to travel outside of anti-abortion jurisdictions to undergo the procedure. Networks and platforms like Netflix, Disney, Apple, Warner Bros., NBC Universal, Paramount, Amazon, Lionsgate, AMC, and Discovery have all received the letter.
Ava DuVernay, Ashley Nicole Black, Mara Brock Akil, Misha Green, Katori Hall, Regina Hicks, Erika L. Johnson, Courtney A. Kemp, Tracy Oliver, Issa Rae, Shonda Rhimes, Amber Ruffin, Robin Thede, and Lena Waithe are all signed.
The letter also asks for a medical code, especially in instances when a woman may have ectopic pregnancy or other pregnancy issues that require medical treatment. Anyone who assists an employee obtains an abortion must be compensated for the crime or civil losses, and the company must halt all political donations to anti-abortion campaigns and political committees immediately.
The collective has given the companies ten days to respond. A company has issued a formal reply or public statement regarding procedure within their organization. Read the letter in its entirety below.
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We, the undersigned, are 411 show creators, showrunners, and head writers who currently work on every network and streaming platform in the industry today, including those controlled by Netflix.
We are concerned about the absence of specific production procedures in place to protect Netflix employees in anti-abortion countries. This situation raises fundamental issues of equality, health, and safety at work. Many of us would not have the careers and families we have today if we had not been given the freedom to choose what was best for ourselves.
Any pregnant individual who is putting her or him on your productions in states that have criminalized abortion is at great risk. It is imperative that Netflix understands these dangers and has comprehensive solutions in place. The purpose of this letter is to review your current safety practices and safeguards in this critical area and determine whether or not we will continue to work in these high-risk situations.
We expect that your current abortion safety plan, including but not limited to:
Policies and procedures for providing an abortion travel subsidy to employees of your productions, including specific guidance on how the employees' medical privacy will be protected. Provisions regarding criminal and civil legal protection for any member of a production who facilitates Netflix's protocols or provides Netflixs policy information and guidelines to an employee seeking an abortion.
Your immediate written response is required and expected within ten business days of July 28th, 2022, as productions are currently underway in states where abortion is illegal or is pending criminalization. We also welcome the opportunity to review the written response with your company representatives if you wish.