Major Studios Disregard Abortion Safety Protocol Requests From Hollywood Writers, Directors and Showrunners


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Despite almost 1,500 male and feminine writers, showrunners, and administrators banding collectively to put in writing respective collective letters requesting that main studios and streamers like Netflix, Disney, Apple, Warner Bros. and extra increase security protocols for pregnant ladies in anti-abortion states, almost each final firm has seemingly ignored their request.

According to Deadline, AMC Networks, Amazon Studios, Apple TV+, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Discovery collectively responded again to the letters simply hours earlier than their deadline and primarily expressed that whereas they “share the concerns” introduced forth by the Hollywood energy gamers, they deferred to their particular person healthcare insurance policies at every firm and “unions and management trustees.”

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The studios additionally did not particularly handle the requests for them to cease “all political donations to anti-abortion candidates and political action committees immediately” in addition to “criminal and civil indemnification for anyone helping an employee obtain an abortion.”

Lionsgate, who was initially despatched the letter from writers again in July, was curiously not listed as a signee on the collective letter from the studios. It stays to be seen what additional motion the writers, administrators and showrunners will take after receiving this response.

The studios and streamers’ response in full is under:

Thank you on your letter of July 28, 2022. We share your issues across the well being, security and well-being of our devoted staff and the individuals who help our productions. We imagine they need to have entry to secure and efficient well being care, and their privateness ought to be protected.

Each of our individually designed company well being plans supplies complete well being care protection for our respective staff. We have been independently updating our respective staff – who dwell and work all through the nation – as plans and insurance policies change and increase to supply reproductive care and different help now wanted in states which have restricted or outlawed abortion entry.

Most employees on scripted movie and TV productions are coated by business well being plans which are collectively administered by union and administration trustees beneath the collective bargaining framework. In partnership with varied business well being plan workers and the union trustees on these plans, our administration trustees labored swiftly to overview current well being advantages, and a number of of those business well being plans have already adopted amendments offering for reimbursement for journey bills related to securing abortion companies for contributors and their dependents who reside or work in states the place such companies can’t be lawfully obtained. We perceive the opposite business well being plans will probably be contemplating comparable modifications this month. The contributors within the varied business plans have been receiving communications immediately from the plans about these amendments.

We are happy that our business companions have shortly addressed this necessary difficulty and are dedicated to persevering with to guage ways in which we will finest present for our staff and employees who help our productions.

We wish to guarantee you that we’re individually targeted on supporting the well being, security, well-being and privateness of our respective staff and those that help our productions as we proceed to watch this evolving scenario. We stay up for working with you to proceed to make nice content material for our audiences around the globe.

Signed,

AMC Networks, Amazon Studios, Apple TV+, NBCUniversal, Netflix, Paramount, The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros. Discovery

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