Wednesday 17th August 2022
17-Aug-2022

Shonda Rhimes, Issa Rae, Ava DuVernay & More Than 400 TV Creators Demand Studios Like Netflix & Disney To Provide Safety Protocols In Anti-Abortion States

Shonda Rhimes. Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae

Shonda Rhimes, Issa Rae, Ava DuVernay & More Than 400 TV Creators Demand Studios Like Netflix & Disney To Provide Safety Protocols In Anti-Abortion States

 

It looks like Shonda Rhimes, Issa Rae and Ava DuVernay are joining forces!

According to reports, on Thursday (July 28), over 400 television creators and showrunners united and sent a letter to top-level executives demanding specific protocols to protect pregnant employees in states where abortion is now banned. The companies being addressed in the letter include big names like of Netflix, Disney, Warner Bros. Discovery, NBC Universal, and Apple to name a few.

Reportedly, the letter is signed by A-list talent such as Shonda Rhimes, Issa Rae, Natasha Lyonne, Ava DuVernay, Vanessa Bayer, Chelsea Handler, Mindy Kaling, and more.

Shonda Rhimes. Ava DuVernay, Issa Rae

The group of Hollywood A-listers are demanding that some of the biggest media companies in the U.S. outline specific protections for employees working in states that have outlawed abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. They also demand protocols for medical care for

“ectopic pregnancies and other pregnancy complications that require medical treatment,”

as well as,

“indemnification and defense against liability, for any member of a production who facilitates … protocols or provides … policy information and guidelines to an employee seeking an abortion.”

The letter even asks that the companies

“Pledge to discontinue all political donations to anti-abortion candidates and political action committees immediately.”

The letter set to media execs also stated,

“It is unacceptable to ask any person to choose between their human rights and their employment.”

The signatories have demanded written responses from the companies within 10 days of July 28. However, the letter did not state what will happen if the companies don’t comply with the demands within the strict time frame.

See the full letter below:

“We, the undersigned, are 411 show creators, showrunners and head writers who currently work across every network and streaming platform in the industry today, including those controlled by Netflix.

We have grave concerns about the lack of specific production protocols in place to protect those at work for Netflix in anti-abortion states.

It is unacceptable to ask any person to choose between their human rights and their employment. This situation raises basic matters of equality, health, and safety in the workplace. Many of us would not have the careers and families we have today if we had not been granted the freedom to choose what was best for ourselves. We are committed, as a group, to protecting our fundamental human rights and those of our colleagues.

Currently, any pregnant person working on one of your productions in states that have criminalized abortion does so at great risk. It is important that Netflix understands these risks and has comprehensive solutions in place. The purpose of this letter is to review your current safety protocols and protections on this vital matter to determine whether or not we will continue to work in these high risk environments.

Within ten business days of today we require review of your current abortion safety plan detailing Netflix’s policies and processes to ensure our safety, protect our health and defend our human rights. We expect that the specifics of your current plan address this emergency in full, including but not limited to:

? Published policies and procedures to provide an abortion travel subsidy for employees of your productions including specific information on how the employee’s medical privacy will be safeguarded.

? Protocols outlining the scope of medical care for employees of your productions, including ectopic pregnancies and other pregnancy complications that require medical treatment via abortion while working for Netflix.

? Policy regarding criminal and civil legal protection, including indemnification and defense against liability, for any member of a production who facilitates Netflix’s protocols or provides Netflix’s policy information and guidelines to an employee seeking an abortion.

? Pledge to discontinue all political donations to anti-abortion candidates and political action committees immediately.

As productions are currently in progress in states where abortion is illegal or pending criminalization, your immediate written response is required and expected within ten business days of July 28th, 2022. We also welcome the opportunity to review the written response with your company representatives for additional context should you wish. Our review will be conducted by the undersigned and our legal representatives.”

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Authored by: Monique Nicole