Hollywood Showrunners, Directors Raise Abortion Aid, Call On Studios To Step It Up

More than 1,400 Hollywood administrators and showrunners have raised $2.5 million to assist girls entry abortions, and are calling on studios to do extra to guard reproductive rights.

The group desires the most important studios to ensure that workers in want of reproductive well being care and associated points will probably be transported to medical services in the event that they dwell in states the place abortions have grow to be unlawful within the wake of the Supreme Court’s repeal of Roe v. Wade, which assured abortion rights for 50 years.

Coalition activists embody administrators Judd Apatow (“40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Girls,” “King of Staten Island”), J.J. Abrams (“Cloverfield,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”), producer Damon Lindeloff (“Lost,”″ Leftovers,” “Watchmen”), showrunner Shonda Rhimes (“Grey’s Anatomy”), and actor-producer Mindy Kaling (“The Office,” “The Mindy Project”).

The group wrote in July to main studios expressing members’ “grave concerns” concerning the firms’ “lack of specific” protocols to guard their employees in anti-abortion states, in accordance with The Hollywood Reporter.

The studios, together with AMC, Amazon, Netflix, Paramount, NBC Universal and the Walt Disney Co., responded in a joint assertion saying employees are lined by well being plans, which they’re reviewing in mild of fixing abortion entry.

Several protection plans have “already adopted amendments providing for reimbursement for travel expenses associated with securing abortion services for participants and their dependents who reside or work in states where such services cannot be lawfully obtained,” the assertion famous, according to Deadline. “We understand the other industry health plans will be considering similar changes this month.”

The coalition was disillusioned by the imprecise response, Variety reported, and requested the studios to current detailed protocols by Sept. 5.

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