The Writers Guild is urging Hollywood to halt film production in states that outlaw abortion after a leaked draft Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.
On Wednesday, the Writers Guild of Western America, the union that represents writers on film, television, radio and Internet programming, called on employers not to shoot in states that ban abortion and instead choose locations that Abortion will be preserved by state law.
“In light of the leaked #SupremeCourt draft opinion on #abortionrights, we want to reaffirm our union’s commitment to fight on behalf of our members against inequality and discrimination,” the union wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
The Writers Guild of Western America on Wednesday called on employers not to film in states that ban abortion
The Writers Guild’s appeal comes days after a leaked Supreme Court opinion draft revealed that the court had voted to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.
Eighteen states have near-total bans on their books, while four others have a specific time range, and four more will likely pass new bans if Rowe is scrapped.
“Women’s rights are human rights, and any laws that ban or limit a woman’s right to choose are dangerous and set a precedent for the further erosion of our collective civil rights,” WGAW wrote on Twitter.
Another tweet added, “We are calling on our employers to consider each state’s laws when selecting production sites to ensure our members are not denied full access to reproductive health care.”
The petition to Hollywood comes days after a leaked Supreme Court opinion draft written by Samuel Alito and published by Politico, revealed that the court had voted to overturn the landmark ruling Rove v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.
“Roe was grossly wrong from the start,” Alito wrote in part. The judge appointed by George W. Bush goes on to say that the abortion issue should be returned to the “elected representatives of the people” to decide.
The opinion was drafted in February 2022. The final verdict is likely to be announced within the next two months, Politico reports.
Currently more than half of US states have some type of abortion ban law likely to take effect if the US Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, according to a report.
According to reproductive rights advocacy group The Guttmacher Institute, at least 22 states have laws on the books that will go into effect once the decision is formally adopted.
The organization also identified four other states it expects to pass new abortion bans in the near future, indicating a total of 26 states seem intent on banning the procedures.
The 18 states that have a near-total ban on abortion already on the books are Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
In addition, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio, and South Carolina all have laws prohibiting abortion after the six-week mark.
At the time of writing, the six-week ban was deemed unconstitutional.
The Hollywood Writers Guild called for production in Florida to be “re-evaluated” in March after Governor Ron DeSantis passed a so-called “Don’t Say Like Me” bill.
“We urge all WGA signatories to re-evaluate not only their political donations, but also where they choose to spend their production dollars,” the union said in a statement. Show, don’t say, that you value the LGBTQ+ community.
In 2019, actors called on Hollywood to cancel productions in Georgia in response to the signing of the “Heartbeat” abortion law.
But producer and actor Tyler Perry said that while he disagreed with the bill, canceling production in the state could backfire.
“What I know about this industry is that there are more than 94,000 or 98,000 people in this industry and they benefit tremendously. That’s a lot of votes,” he told The Associated Press in 2019.