Game developers stand up for abortion rights

The U.S. Supreme Court today overturned Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that protects a woman’s right to abortion, and has prompted a number of U.S. game developers to issue rulings on the subject.

Bungie updated the post it made last month when a draft of the Supreme Court decision first leaked.

“Last month we declared unreservedly that we all deserve to choose our own path and access the health care we need. The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade shut down millions of Americans who access and leave the possibility of further restrictions on life-saving health care for all of us.

“Bungie is committed to ensuring that all of our employees and their families have safe and affordable access to essential healthcare needs. As we continue to expand our digital-first workplace to more states, we will now implement a travel reimbursement program for all employees to use when she or a dependent cannot access the health care they need where they live.

“We remain undaunted in our commitment to champion reproductive choice and freedom.”

The studio then included links to organizations that support people who have lost health rights in the US, including: URGE (United for Reproductive and Gender Equality)Religious Coalition for Reproductive ChoiceNARAL Pro-Choice America FoundationIn our own voiceand trans lifeline

Among us developer Innersloth released his own statement and linked to the last two organizations above, as well as: The Brigid AlliancePlan Cand a coalition of 80 abortion funds

“Innersloth supports reproductive choice and freedom,” the studio said. “Ending the constitutional right to abortion is a gender, race, economic and human rights disaster for both present and future generations.

“There are so many people and local organizations to support. If you can, lend them your vote, time, action, money or privilege. We stand behind everyone involved.”

insomnia games published a statement on his Twitter accountsaying, “We are people who make games. Reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy are human rights,” the latter part of which was echoed by fellow Sony developers. Media Moleculesucker punchand Bend Studio

Sony’s Santa Monica Studio issued a statement of values ​​with a pledge of action, which read: “We believe that physical autonomy and reproductive freedom are fundamental human rights. Santa Monica Studio will continue to uphold these values ​​and support our team members in accessing the care they need to have. “

Sony reportedly pledged last month to provide financial assistance to workers who had to travel for reproductive careeven as PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan told staff the company would not make a statement about abortion rights because it was important to ‘respect differences of opinion’.

Skullgirls developer and co-op studio Future Club also used the phrase “Reproductive freedom and physical autonomy are human rights” in his own statement

The International Game Developers Association also released a statementsaying, “We believe that physical autonomy and choice about one’s own reproductive and health care issues are relevant to achieving this mission. One must be in control of their own health issues to successfully manage their career and life.”

It added: “We are deeply concerned about increasing government interventions that undermine and limit reproductive choice and access to care. We applaud and show solidarity with the gaming industry and community leaders who are taking action to support all those negatively affected by these efforts.”

certain affinity reposted the commitment it made last month to full-time employees who: it would cover the costs of moving to another part of the US or Canada where access to reproductive or transgender health care was more available.

Update: A Microsoft spokesperson passed on a comment from the company, saying: “Microsoft will continue to do everything we can under the law to support our employees and their registered family members in accessing critical health care — which already includes services such as abortion. and gender-affirming care — regardless of where they live in the U.S. This support has been expanded to include travel assistance for these and other legal medical services where access to care is limited in an employee’s geographic home region.”

An Activision Blizzard representative said the company had already expanded its employee coverage, saying: “Maintaining a safe and inclusive environment for everyone is a top priority for Activision Blizzard and includes supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of everyone who works here, including their Earlier in June, we announced our expanded medical travel benefits that include coverage for U.S. employees and their families who participate in our medical plans and live in areas where there is access to medical care, including reproductive health, gender-affirming treatment, transplant care, and all other medical care covered by our plans that is not available in a covered person’s state, or within 100 miles of where they live.”

Sony San Diego Studio and guerrillas have posted pretty much the same line as other Sony studios above while Statement of Naughty Dog was more in line with that of Sony Santa Monica.

“Naughty Dog believes that reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy are fundamental human rights and essential to the health and well-being of all,” the studio said. “We will continue to uphold those values ​​and actively support all employees in getting the care they need and want.”

Publisher Devolver Digital also tweeted his point of viewsaying, “Reproductive rights are human rights.”

Ubisoftadded his voice, saying: “Today and every day we believe that reproductive rights are human rights, women’s rights are human rights, trans rights are human rights and that equal rights for all are essential for a world where everyone can be themselves and thrive.”

Nianticsaid it “stands for reproductive rights and we will support workers in accessing safe medical care,” adding that it has also signed the agreement Don’t Forbid Equality letter with numerous other companies saying that the decision to overthrow Roe v. Wade is against their values ​​and bad for business.

ArenaNet followed up his earlier statement surrounding the leaked draft decision of the Supreme Court ruling with a new post today, stating: “At ArenaNet, we believe that women’s rights are human rights, LGBTQ+ rights are human rights, and we unequivocally support equal rights for all. “

Electronic Arts posted sent a letter to employees todayand while it did not disagree with the decision, it said it would support the workers.

“We know this issue matters and stirs a range of emotions in you and your loved ones, whether you live in the US or abroad,” the company told employees.

“Your health and wellness is our top priority. We are working closely with our US healthcare provider, Cigna, and will soon be offering comprehensive travel health benefits to eligible US employees and their eligible dependents. Our goal is to provide the support and services that enable you and your dependents to receive the care needed to be the best, most authentic version of yourself at work and in other areas of your life.”

EA reportedly told staff last month it would not make a statement about abortion rights and that it will speak out on an issue only if there is a “consistent perspective” among its employees and choosing a side would “really have a positive impact.”


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