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The Writers Guild is urging Hollywood to stop film production in states that ban abortion following the leaked Supreme Court draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.
On Wednesday the The Writers Guild of America West, the union that represents writers in film, television, radio and internet programming, called on their employers to not film in states that ban abortion and instead opt for locations where abortion will be preserved by state law.
'In light of the leaked #SupremeCourt draft opinion on #abortionrights, we want to reaffirm our Guild's commitment to fighting on our members' behalf against inequality and discrimination,' the labor union tweeted on Wednesday.
'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 further erosion of our collective civil rights,' WGAW tweeted.
'We call on our employers to consider the laws of each state when choosing production locations to ensure that our members will never be denied full access to reproductive healthcare,' another tweet added.
The plea to Hollywood comes days after a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion written by Samuel Alito and published by POLITICO revealed that the court has voted to strike down the landmark 1973 ruling Rove v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.
Alito wrote in part, 'Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.' The George W. Bush-appointed justice goes on to say that the issue of abortion should be returned to the 'people's elected representatives' to decide.
The opinion was drafted in February 2022. It's likely that a final ruling will be made public within the next two months, reports Politico.
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