The WGA West is asking Hollywood to consider not shooting movies and TV shows in states that ban abortion. The move comes following a leaked draft opinion by a 5-4 Supreme Court majority that would strike down Roe vs. Wade and let states decide whether or not to ban abortion.
“In light of the leaked Supreme Court draft opinion on abortion rights, we want to reaffirm our guild’s commitment to fight on behalf of our members against inequality and discrimination,” said the guild’s board of directors in a press release. “Women’s rights are human rights, and any law prohibiting or limiting a woman’s right to choose is dangerous and sets a precedent for further erosion of our collective civil rights. We call on our employers to consider each state’s laws when choosing production sites to ensure that our members are never denied full access to reproductive health care.
The statement was signed by WGA West President Meredith Stiehm; Vice-Chair Michele Mulroney; Secretary-Treasurer Betsy Thomas and Board Members Liz Alper, Patti Carr, Robb Chavis, Marjorie David, Travis Donnelly, Ashley Gable, Dante W. Harper, Eric Haywood, Deric A. Hughes, E. Nicholas Mariani, Zoe Marshall, Dailyn Rodriguez, David Slack, Patric M. Verrone, and Nicole Yorkin.
The Actors’ Equity Association, the national union representing more than 51,000 theater actors and managers, released this statement on the leaked SCOTUS opinion on Tuesday:
“Equity is appalled to learn that federal rights granted by the Supreme Court in 1973 could now be denied. Abortion is a necessary and often life-saving medical procedure that requires safe, legal and open access. This decision would most acutely affect several already marginalized communities in America, leaving them to bear the brunt of the disastrous effect of the court’s action.
“It is also a question of workers. We stand in solidarity with health care workers, many of whom are already at risk of assault for providing abortions and other reproductive services, and who may face greater personal and legal danger in light of this decision. Additionally, acting is an industry in which supporting a family is notoriously difficult and where pregnancy discrimination is all too common. Reproductive choice is an indispensable tool for determining one’s own destiny. Choosing when and how to have a child is not a luxury, it is a human right.
“The repercussions of this decision could be far-reaching. The reasoning applied to quash Roe v. Wade could be deployed to undo much of the human rights progress of the past decades, including the very rights of LGBTQ+ people who are already under attack in states across the country. We support bodily autonomy for all. We oppose any attempt by the Supreme Court, or any other body, to roll back human rights. We oppose oppression. We stand together. »