Hundreds of TV writers call on Netflix, Apple to improve safety measures in anti-abortion states

A group of 411 showrunners, creators and writers sent letters to executives from streaming platforms and other big Hollywood companies to demand better protections for workers in anti-abortion states. “We have grave concerns about the lack of specific production protocols to protect those who work for Netflix in anti-abortion states,” they wrote in a letter to . “It is unacceptable to ask a person to choose between their human rights and their employment.”

Similar letters first reported diversity, were addressed to people like , , , , , , and . Signatories include well-known creators such as Issa Rae, Lilly Wachowski, Lena Waithe, Amy Schumer, Shonda Rhimes, Mindy Kaling, Ava DuVernay and Lena Dunham. They are calling for specific safety measures for people working on productions in states that have banned abortion after the US Supreme Court ruled Roe v. Wade lifted.

The group has requested that the companies respond within 10 days with details of their abortion safety plans. Among other things, the authors want information about travel allowances for abortions, medical care for pregnancy complications (including ectopic pregnancies), and legal protection for workers who maintain a studio’s abortion policy or help someone else obtain an abortion. They also called on the companies to immediately stop “all political donations to anti-abortion candidates and political action committees.”

A This week found studios are spending billions on productions in states that have banned or restricted abortion, though many were already filming ahead of the Supreme Court decision in late June. Georgia, for example, offers generous tax credits to productions, which has helped the state become a television and film powerhouse. Last week a law in the state. It essentially banned most abortions after six weeks of pregnancy, before many people know if they are pregnant.

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